WINDHOEK: The Roads Authority (RA) has entered into a contract agreement with the Roads Contractor Company (RCC) for the construction of bridges over three rivers along a district gravel road in the Ovitoto area.
The contract for the construction of the three bridges in the Otjozondjupa Region between the two State-owned entities was signed at a function held at the RA head office in the capital on Monday morning.
The RA’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Conrad Lutombi and RCC CEO Engelhardt Haihambo signed the agreement on behalf of their respective State-owned companies.
The construction of the bridges will cost about N.dollars 63 million and work is expected to be completed over a period of 12 months.
Approximately 150 job opportunities will be created for Namibians living in the Ovitoto area.
The construction of the bridges will be done at three rivers, namely the Bobbejaan, Niehaus and Swakop rivers, which are located on the district road (DR) 2102 that turns off from the B1 road approximately 59 kilometres north of Windhoek.
This district road links the settlement of Ovitoto with Okahandja and it also serves as an access to the Von Bach Dam, communal and commercial farms as well as to various game reserves in the area of Ovitoto.
In addition to the three bridges, 12 additional smaller drainage structures will also be constructed along this district gravel road.
“This project is fully funded by the Namibian Government and, therefore, I wish to take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to our Government for supporting our efforts to provide a quality and efficient road network. I further wish to congratulate the management of the RCC on the successful negotiations.
Here, I wish to emphasise that we expect nothing short of excellent quality work,” said Lutombi before signing the agreement.
The acting RA CEO explained that during the rainy season each year, the settlement of Ovitoto is cut off from essential services at Okahandja, and for this reason the successful construction of the three bridges and the other 12 drainage structures will minimise the dangers posed during the rainy season and greatly improve accessibility from the settlement of Ovitoto to Okahandja.
On his part, the RCC’s Haihambo promised that his company will do excellent and durable work during the construction of the bridges.
Windhoek-based Element Consulting Engineers is the consulting engineering company on this project.
An official groundbreaking ceremony to commence work on the three bridges will take place on Tuesday at the Swakop River along the DR 2102 gravel road near Ovitoto.
The ceremony will coincide with the official launch of Phase Two of the Ovitoto Development Committee’s Road Improvement Programme.
This year the RA, which is entrusted with the provision of road infrastructure throughout the country, also inaugurated the upgraded dual lane Divundu Bridge in the Kavango Region.
It is now busy with the construction and rehabilitation of both the Ongwediva and Okandjengedi bridges in the Oshana Region, which will be completed soon.
Next month, the parastatal will begin with the rehabilitation and repair work on the road between Rehoboth and Mariental in the Hardap Region.