Wanaheda gravel roads to become history

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WINDHOEK – The City of Windhoek is to tar the gravel roads in Wanaheda township at a cost of more than N$15 million over the next nine months.

“The earth work in some streets has started already in January this year and it is expected to be completed by December,” said the City of Windhoek’s Manager of Corporate Affairs at the CoW, Joshua Amukugo.

Maketo Construction Company has been awarded the contract to upgrade the 14 gravel roads to bitumen standard.

The streets earmarked for upgrading between February and April in Wanaheda Extension Seven are: Yukon, which is 446 metres long, Saskatchewan (70m), Missouri (86m), Uruguay (70m), Amazon (70m), Orinoco (245m) and Parana (274m).

Streets in Wanaheda Extension Eight to be upgraded between May and October are: Maseru, which is 65 metres long, Kigali (880m), Gaborone (170m), Pretoria (353m), Lusaka (94m), Lilongwe (225m) and Harare (226m).

Amukugo said during the upgrading Mersey, Omongo, Claudius Kandovazu and City streets would be affected in terms of traffic as they are adjoining streets.

“We encourage the public to drive safely and adhere to road signs in the affected areas,” said Amukugo.

Furthermore, the city has awarded Tau Pele Construction Namibia the contract to resurface the ageing city roads.

According to Amukugo the contract will focus mainly on the higher order roads with asphalt surfaces. “Most of them are main roads or roads in industrial and business areas with healthy vehicle traffic and turning movement,” he explained. The old surfacing will be milled off before new surfacing is placed.

Construction work will start this month and it is expected to be completed by September. The roads earmarked for resurfacing are Auas and Jan Jonker roads, Bessemer, Conrad Rust, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, Florence Nightingale, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Heinitzburg, Iscor streets, Windhoek’s longest Independence Avenue and the Hosea Kutako and Sam Nujoma Drive, among others.

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