By Donna Collins
PREPARATIONS for the heavy flow of traffic into Swakopmund that accompanies the busy festive season has begun. To mark this occasion the official opening of the N$4.5 million B2 traffic circle linking the growing industrial area, the airport road, and a short cut to Mondesa, was welcomed as the town’s new gateway on Monday morning.
After five frustrating months of driving the back roads of the industrial area into town and suburbs, all detour boards have been taken down, barricades removed and traffic has a free run into Swakopmund.
The project finally got off the ground after the initial technical delays regarding the earthworks set everything back a few months. But on 26 September the ground was fully prepared for the laying of around 400 000 interlocks and kerbing for the large traffic circle which completed on target for the ribbon cutting ceremony on site.
Swakopmund Mayor Pauline Nashilundo, accompanied by councillors, Erongo RED staff who were responsible for installing the street lighting, plus contractors were all in a cheerful mood, as they gathered to witness another major milestone in the growing development of Swakopmund.
“The upgrading of road infrastructure remains a priority on council’s developmental agenda, and the construction of the B2 traffic circle was established to ensure a smooth flow of traffic into our town, and to address the heavy volumes of vehicles that come and go on a daily basis in particular during the holiday seasons,” the Mayor stated.
“You will agree with me that a well maintained road infrastructure is a catalyst for economic development, and in keeping with this priority we have re-surfaced and are still busy with upgrading certain roads in and around town and the painting of road markings are currently underway.”
It was mentioned that the road surface and surrounding sidewalks of the B2 Circle were completed by ERC Renovations and Golden Footsteps, whilst Refuse Solutions undertook the earthworks operation.
Erongo RED also struggled to install street lights due to the difficult soil conditions, but met with the target to have the lights burning in time for the official opening. The directional sign boards will be erected once the off shoot roads are completed, and the new speed limit approaching the circle has been set for 60 kilometres, to slow down speeding motorists driving into Swakopmund.
The final cost of the project will only be determined after the last phase of the works and interlocking is completed on the off shoot roads from the B2 circle, which will link traffic into the busy and expanding industrial area, as well as allowing motorists a short cut through Mondesa and link up the Henties Bay road.
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