Traffic congested as road closes

The construction of the dual carriage freeway to the Hosea Kutaku Airport from the Windhoek Southern bypass section is in full motion.

24 September 2018 | Infrastructure

Yolanda Nel - Traffic in the southern suburbs of the capital has been heavily congested since the recent closure of the access road leading to Prosperita.

A public notice issued by the China Railway Seventh Group in August, indicated that this road will be permanently closed and that there will be no road from the Western Bypass leading to Prosperita. “Traffic from the B1 road to Prosperita [must] use Rehobother Road and Michelle McClean Street,” the notice read.

According to China Railway Seventh Group's safety officer, Felisa Fotolela, the access road towards Academia Extension 1 will also eventually close. “It won't close soon, because we're not working on that section of the road at the moment. But the access road will be closed next year,” she said.

She added that they are currently working on the new road near the Prosperita entrance and that is why the road was closed.

The Windhoek Country Club is also looking into alternative access routes before the completion of the highway. During a stakeholder meeting last year, it was noted that all access roads, including the road to the Country Club, will be closed. At the time, a representative of the City of Windhoek said that all the access roads were set up as a temporary arrangement.

Residents and those working in the area took to Facebook to bemoan the situation.

“Chaos I tell you,” one person wrote. Another said that the southbound section of Frank Fredericks Rd at the Grove Mall intersection is also still closed. “There hasn't been any work done on the new bridge for a while now and they are taking forever to clean up and open the other side of the road. It is chaos! The traffic management unit should look into finding ways to ease the traffic flow,” he wrote.

Some said they feel the developers close roads all over the place and don't finalise one item or section. “Work on one item and complete it before starting a new section. Right now it's just trenches and gravel heaps all over and in most cases, no workers or equipment on site.”

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