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N.dollars 1 million needed to extend damaged road at Naute Dam

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The Roads Authority will need close to N.dollars 1 million to extend the concrete road at Naute Dam after part of the gravel road was washed away two weeks ago, RA Divisional Manager for Maintenance, Rudolph Rittmann has said.The road was washed away w…

The Roads Authority will need close to N.dollars 1 million to extend the concrete road at Naute Dam after part of the gravel road was washed away two weeks ago, RA Divisional Manager for Maintenance, Rudolph Rittmann has said.

The road was washed away when NamWater opened all four sluices at the dam to release water as the dam was 116 per cent full.

In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, Rittmann said in the past the water flow over the current concrete road was lower at around 500 cubic metres per second and vehicles could access the road. However, when the sluices of the dam were opened, the water volume increased and it cut off the concrete road.

“After the water has subsided the approach will be to reconstruct the gravel road and the concrete slab which will accommodate two-way traffic as the current one could only accommodate one-way traffic,” he said.

Rittmannn said for the moment, an arrangement has been made with NamWater for motorists to use the road at the top of the dam.

“This is an alternative temporary route, only passenger vehicles are allowed to drive there. Heavy vehicles are not allowed as there is a load limit and NamWater is also particular in protecting their infrastructure so we cannot continue to use that route, we have to stop at a point,” he said.

Rittmann further said a contractor was appointed to repair the road at Guruchab River bridge some 40 kilometres south of Keetmanshoop, where the shoulder was damaged two weeks ago by rain water that was flowing about six metres high.

“We have prioritised the B1 road particularly at the Guruchab river bridge so that we do not have to close the road, we have estimated at less N.dollars 1 million to do the safety repairs there and these funds are coming from the internal budget,” he added.

At least N.dollars 12 million is needed to repair roads that were damaged by the rain in the ||Kharas Region.

Source: Namibia Press Agency