RA reveals five-year strategy

06 August 2018 | Infrastructure

Otis Finck

The new five-year strategy of the Roads Authority (RA) seeks to ensure that the national road network is managed to achieve a safe and efficient road sector in support of socio-economic growth.

According to RA transportation executive officer Wilfried Brock the new strategy for 2018 to 2022 requires total funding of N$19,8 billion and ties into the 2014 Swapo party election manifesto, NDP5 and Harambee road project deliverables.

Brock told attendees at a logistics hub forum with “Namibian transport sector update” as theme held recently in Walvis Bay that government will contribute N$7,6 billion, the Road Fund Administration (RFA) N$10,5 billion and N$1,7 billion will be sourced via grants and loans.

Upgrading 800 km of road to bitumen standards, the construction of 250 km of road to gravel standards and rehabilitation of 279 km of bitumen road and 9 bridges are some of the strategic targets included in the new five-year strategy.

The RA also intends to reseal 1 800 km of bitumen road and re-gravel 6 500 km of gravel road.

In addition, the percentage of surfaced roads that are in an unacceptable condition should be contained at 10% and the percentage of gravel roads that are in an unacceptable condition at 40%.

Major ongoing projects are the Windhoek-Okahandja dual carriageway, the Windhoek-Hosea Kutako international airport dual carriageway, the Omuthiya-Ongwediva dual carriageway, the Karibib-Usakos road, the Swakopmund-Walvis Bay dual carriageway and the Swakopmund-Henties Bay-Kamanjab road.

The RA is also striving to ensure that 99,3% of heavy vehicles are within the weight tolerance level and to enhance NaTIS service delivery to 85% customer satisfaction.

Funding for the RA over the past five years amounted to N$15,5 billion.

The RA’s strategic performance also indicates that various targets were surpassed. Revenue collection at NaTIS increase from N$438 329 558.90 at the end of 2013/2014 to N$714 498 551. Vehicle population numbers increased from 306 701 to 385 485 and the vehicle driver population from 245 150 to 288 851. The number of vehicles weighed at weighbridges increased from 2 million to 2 076 286.

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