ONGWEDIVA – In its quest to improve road infrastructure, the Ongwediva town council has embarked on a project to upgrade the church street from gravel to bitumen standard.
The N$6.3 million road project is expected to be completed within eight months.
The 1.6 km road stretches from Abraham Nyambali to Kahumba Kandola Street.
The spokesperson for Ongwediva town council, Jackson Muma, has cautioned residents in extension 6, 7 and 8 about traffic interruptions during the construction period.
“The council is thus requesting the residents to provide their full support and cooperation to the contractor to ensure timely completion of the project,” said Muma.
He said the council, through its road network plan, has the mandate to upgrade roads that link residents to institutions and essential service providers.
Between the 2017 and 2019 financial year, the council has upgraded the road from the intersection at Mweshipandeka and Dr Libertine Amathila streets to the Select service station. Muma said the 1.6 km Ehenge road was completed in 2019.
During the current financial year, the council has also rehabilitated gravel roads within the town, especially at extension 6 and 7. Muma said the council has also rehabilitated roads within its informal settlements. He said the council has also taken the stand to ensure the new extension gets bitumen roads from the onset.
Muma said the exercise will be less costly as opposed to putting up gravel roads and later upgrading them after a few years.