CoW sets aside over N$26 million for road rehabilitation

City of Windhoek (CoW) has set aside a total of N$ 26 350 000 for rehabilitation of surface of roads and potholes for the 2017 /18 financial year.

The tendered rate to repair a pothole is N$ 294.63 escalation and 15% Value Added Tax included and to repair an estimated 3 000 potholes will cost the CoW about N$ 883 890, corporate communications officer of CoW Scheifert Shigwedha said.

“An investigation carried out from the 8th to 10th June 2018 to determine the number of potholes in our roads indicates that there are 2,823 potholes mainly in the Northern Suburbs of 2 Windhoek. The Unit Rate Contractors that expired during October 2017 were reinstated as an emergency measure on the 11 June 2017,”he said.

He added that the contractors are Otjomuise Construction which is responsible for the southern part and Indigenous Construction for the northern part. This will enable the CoW Roads and stormwater maintenance to add four teams for pothole repairs in the northern suburbs.

Shigwedha also said that roads infrastructure make a crucial contribution to the city's residents' lives and thus its importance cannot be overemphasised.

“Although, we generally enjoy a smooth road surface in the city, we would like to acknowledge that our roads currently need extra maintenance especially after the rainy season. Over the years, it has been observed that the City of Windhoek promptly fills potholes after the rainy season through appointed Unit Rate Contractors,” he said.