Work starts on airport dual carriageway

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Windhoek

The surroundings of Windhoek are set for a colossal change with the construction of an 8.4-kilometre dual carriage road that will cost close to N$800 million during the first phase.

A joint venture project between China Railway Seventh Group and local entrepreneurs Onamagongwa Trading Enterprise will kickstart construction early next year, creating around 300 direct jobs in the process. Five SME’s will be part of the project and will carry out 7.5 percent of the work. Local sub-contractors will also be roped in for the supply and transport of construction material, blasting equipment and setting up lightning at various intersections.
Minister of Works and Transport Alpheus !Naruseb and Khomas Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua yesterday dug the first hole at a groundbreaking ceremony at Hosea Kutako International Airport, where the project is expected to start yearly next year.

The first phase of the road will link Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue and extend Sam Nujoma Drive to the south-east of the capital. Ten new bridges and three interchanges will be constructed, as two existing bridges at Arebush River over the railway line will be widened and rehabilitated to increase their lifespan.

Phase Two – that will be funded separately – will start later during 2016 from the interchange of Sam Nujoma Drive to Hosea Kutako International Airport, covering 34 km. !Naruseb said Namibia’s economy is exceptionally
dependent on exports and imports through the transport network. ”Once completed this dual carriageway will support the economy by allowing quicker and alternative movements to and from the capital to the rest of the
country,” he said.

“The dual carriageway will also improve our links to the SADC Gateway Port of Walvis Bay and our neighbouring countries via our major highways.” He added that the move is set to increase traffic flow and improve
the country’s pace of development, as the rising number of motor vehicle accidents has been a matter of great concern to him as the minister responsible for transport.

The project forms part of Namibia’s regional trunk routes programme, which is aimed at promoting the development of the country through inter-regional trade. “As a member of SADC, Namibia is committed to the development of
regional transport infrastructure, which was identified by all member countries as a development priority,”
!Naruseb said.

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