Three bridges in Ovitoto area opening soon: Lutombi

WINDHOEK: Three bridges constructed over rivers along a district gravel road in the Otjozondjupa Region’s Ovitoto area will be officially opened soon.

The bridges will either be opened during the course of this month or in July, the Chief Executive Officer of the Roads Authority (RA), Conrad Lutombi announced during a tour of the site for the construction of a dual-carriage freeway between Windhoek and Okahandja with local journalists on Wednesday.

In August 2012, the RA entered into a N.dollars 63 million contract with the Roads Contractor Company (RCC) for the construction of these three bridges.

About 150 job opportunities have been created for Namibians living in the area through the project.

The bridges were constructed over the Bobbejaan, Niehaus and Swakop rivers, which are located on district road (DR) 2102, which turns off from the B1 road, approximately 59 kilometres north of Windhoek.

This district road links the settlement of Ovitoto with the town of Okahandja, and also provides 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 have also been constructed along the district road.

Lutombi said during the rainy season every year, the settlement of Ovitoto is cut off from essential services at Okahandja.

The bridges and the drainage structures will thus minimise the dangers posed during the rainy season, and greatly improve accessibility to Okahandja for people at the settlement.

Windhoek-based Element Consulting Engineers is the consulting engineering company working on the project.