Swakop completes N$7 million road project

Roads at school prioritised
Otis Daniels_Finck
Swakopmund • [email protected]

Roads around schools at Swakopmund are going to become safer after the Swakopmund municipality recently announced it was going to prioritise the upgrading of these roads.

This was stated by the town’s general manager for engineering and planning services Clarence McClune after the completing of the N$7 million resurfacing project around the Atlantic High School was completed last week. These included the upgrading of Kwikstertjie Street, Mossie Lane, and Suikerbekkie Street. The groundbreaking for the project was held last July.

“The planning, development construction of the road project was due to council having prioritized the upgrading of roads around schools, of which council hopes these upgrades will continue well into the foreseeable future,” said McClune.

In 2020, the Swakopmund municipal council hired a consultant to asses of the condition of the town’s road infrastructure. This has helped determine problem areas that need to be prioritized and distributing the resources needed to deal with them most effectively.

The project includes the surfacing of the gravel road, constructing curbs and replacing street lights. Road signs, crossings and parking space was also added. “It’s to ensure that pedestrians and motorists are safe and guided properly, especially around schools during peak traffic times,” said McClune.

Over 20 people from Swakopmund were employed.

McClune encouraged the community to report potholes and the rapid deterioration of certain roadways to the municipality’s works section as this enables the municipality to be proactive to avoid rising costs and disasters. “Although we will not be able to respond to all inquiries right once, reports will be acknowledged and responded to as soon as possible,” he said.