Expanded bridges along B1 national road reopened

WINDHOEK: Rehoboth Rural Constituency Councillor, Riaan McNab, said the rehabilitated and expanded bridges on the B1 national road will have positive socio-economic impacts on his constituency and the country in general.

He made the remarks during the re-opening and inauguration of three bridges along the B1 national road between Rehoboth and Mariental in the south of Namibia on Monday.

“I have people eating the fruits of independence in my constituency due to so many projects completed and still on going,” he said, adding that a lot of community members have benefited from the project in terms of job creation.

He said road and infrastructure rehabilitation is one of the critical areas for the development of the country.

McNab pointed out that, although great strides in road infrastructure have been made, his constituency still faces many challenges of rehabilitation and upgrading.

“Except for this tarred road, which is a national road running through my constituency, all other roads throughout my constituency are gravel roads and in a bad state. It must also be noted that statistics of the last Census of 2011 classified my constituency as the poorest of the poor in the Hardap Region,” noted McNab.

The three bridges form an integral part of the road network that crucially links Windhoek to the south of Namibia and South Africa.

The government of Namibia, through the Roads Authority, carried out similar improvements on three bridges on the road between Okahandja and Ovitoto in the Otjozondjupa Region. These bridges were completed and officially opened last year July by then Minister of Works and Transport, Erkki Nghimtina.

Government strives to develop major road infrastructure in order to attract meaningful investment.

Roads Authority Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Conrad Lutombi, other senior officers of the Roads Authority and Hardap regional councillors attended the ceremony.