The Ongwediva town council in Namibia has begun works on a project to upgrade the church street from gravel to bitumen standard. The 1.6km road stretches from Abraham Nyambali to Kahumba Kandola Street.
According to Ongwediva town council’s spokesperson Jackson Muma, the council through its road network plan has the mandate to upgrade roads that link residents to institutions and essential service providers. He further requested the residents to provide their full support and cooperation to the contractor to ensure timely completion of the project; even as they prepare for traffic interruptions during the construction period, in extension 6, 7 and 8. The US $412,844.03 road upgrade project is expected to be completed within eight months.
Improving road infrastructure in Ongwediva
The church street upgrade is part of the council’s quest to improve road infrastructure in Ongwediva town. Between the 2017 and 2019 financial year, the council has been able to upgrade the road from the intersection at Mweshipandeka and Dr Libertine Amathila streets to the Select service station. “1.6km Ehenge road is one of the roads that were completed in 2019,” said Muma. During the current financial year, the council has also rehabilitated gravel roads within the town, especially at extension 6 and 7.
According to Muma, the council has also rehabilitated roads within its informal settlements. Furthermore, the council has also taken the stand to ensure the new extension gets bitumen roads from the onset. “The exercise will be less costly as opposed to putting up gravel roads and later upgrading them after a few years,” he said.