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RA invests in modernising northern road infrastructure

RA invests in modernising northern road infrastructure

Maria David

THE Road Authority (RA) will construct four roads within Oshikoto and Oshana in two phases with the aim to ensure road linkage between regions.

The roads will be upgraded to low volume seal standards.

Vice President Nangolo Mbumba said the upgrading to low volume seal standards of the road within Oshana and Oshikoto regions and across the country demonstrate government’s resolve to improve roads infrastructure thereby enhancing the transportation of goods and services.


Mbumba said this during the groundbreaking ceremony for the upgrading to low volume seal standards of various roads in Oshana and Oshikoto regions at Engoyi on Thursday.

“Our government recognises the critical role of accessible, modern and well-maintained road infrastructure in fostering progress and prosperity for all our citizens,” he said.

He added that Namibia has a road network of approximately 49 000 km of which nearly 90% are gravel roads.

Thus, he said the government is aware of the fact that roads remain the primary transportation mode and play an essential role in contributing to overall economic growth and development.

RA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Conrad Lutombi said they will be upgrading the roads to low volume seal standards, and they have a lifespan of 15 years.

According to Lutombi, three of the roads will be constructed in Oshikoto, and one in Oshana region, which are the Engoyi – Omuntele in Oshikoto, Oluno – Uukwiyuushona in Oshana, Uukwiyuushona – Omuntele – Amilemia will connect the two regions, and Omuthiya – Onanke in Oshikoto.

He indicated that phase 1 will begin with upgrading to low volume seal standards of the Engoyi – Omuntele and Oluno – Uukwiyuushona roads, respectively.

“The Engoyi – Omuntele projects involve the upgrading of a 16.3km section,” he said.

He added that the project will be constructed over a period of 10 months at a total cost of about N$43 million, which will be fully financed by the Road Fund Administration.

Moreover, Lutombi said the construction works on the Oluno – Uukwiyuushona road, which serves as a crucial linkage between Oluno and the Uukwiyuushona settlement, includes a segment providing access to the Ondonga Palace and is about 14.4km. It will be constructed over a period of 15 months at an amount of N$36.3 million and will also be fully financed by the Road Fund Administration.

Further, Lutombi indicated that phase 2 of this program will continue with the Uukwiyuushona – Omuntele – Amilemia road, which connects the Oshana and Oshikoto regions, and the Omuthiya – Onanke road.

For phase 1, the Roads Contractor Company (RCC) has been the main contractor for the Engoyi – Omuntele road and will be assisted by a subcontractor Luka Roads and Rail, and the consultant is Burmeister and Partner.

While, for Oluno – Uukwiyuushona, the work will be carried out by Brumer Construction CC, which is contracted to do layer works, and Construction Engineering Namibia PTY Ltd will do surfacing, and the Consultant is Archetype Project Consultant.

The Roads Authority will perform the overall supervision of both projects.

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