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Rosh Pinah-Oranjemund road crack widens

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A CRACK on the Rosh Pinah-Oranjemund road in the //Kharas region which started in February this year has been widening.

The crack is on the eastern road shoulder of the M118 main road at the 192 kilometre peg about 25km from Rosh Pina and 75 kilometres from Oranjemund.

A notice by the Roads Authority giving an update on the southern roads said the cracks developed on the shoulder pavement of the road since the Orange River was in flood during February. However the road had remained open to all traffic with warning signs for drivers to drive slowly.

The government funded the construction of the 90-kilometre road, which took almost four years to complete, for N$714 million. The road is part of the regional trunk routes to promote development through inter-regional trade.

It is also to facilitate the development of the south-western region of the country which is dominated by strong tourism, fishing and mining sectors.

The project created 388 jobs of which 76 were women, and was undertaken by Raubex Namibia Road Construction.

Roads Authority project engineer Johan Blaauw declined to comment and referred all our queries to the company’s public relations department.

At the road breaking ceremony in 2013, then prime minister Hage Geingob described it as a new day.

All the years the Oranjemund was only accessible by air or by gravel road from Rosh Pina.

Geingob said at the time: “Ee will demand very high standards from those who build the roads as we have a simple philosophy that if you are going to build a road, build a good road”.

Oranjemund-Rosh Pina councillor Lazarus Nangolo declined to comment saying he would first like to assess the situation by speaking to the engineers and visiting the road himself.

He said the road had been cracking for some time but now it is widening particularly where the mountain was cut to build the road.

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