No Congestions On Road Yet

| January 19, 2015

Road users in Francistown have noted that the closure of A1 (Tonota-Francistown) road from the BMC circle to the Bokwe Street has not yet affected them.

In an interview recently, a Mokoka Transport driver, Mr Mmoloki Kootswele stated, however, that there were no stop signs on the road, adding that at the moment they used any side of the road to drop off passengers.

Mr Modibedi Mokone, also a Mokoka Transport driver, said that road signs were not visible and suggested that they should be placed immediately before the bridge over Tati River near Nzano Mall.

Meanwhile, Tati-Siding combi driver, Mr Kgotso Sekgopi complained that ‘pick and drop’ has brought them a challenge, especially with customers dropping by Chedu-Choga complex.

The road was temporarily closed on Monday and will remain so for a period of five months as part of the rehabilitation of the A1 road from Tonota to Francistown.

In an interview, the Department of Roads principal public relations officer, Ms Doreen Moapare said motorists continue to adhere to temporary measures that have been put in place for a smooth transition.

Ms Moapare noted that the reconstruction and expansion was necessary as the road had exceeded the traffic capacity it was constructed for. She highlighted that there was a need for the road to be constructed to a dual carriage lane in order to ease traffic flow and reduce travelling time.

The department’s spokesperson further added that with such developments, the city of Francistown would be transformed and hence attract potential investors to Botswana.

Ms Moapare explained that infrastructure of such magnitude was of great value in the aancement of the objective of creating job opportunities in the country. She outlined that the project has so far created nearly 500 jobs for Batswana since its inception.

Ms Moapare shared that the 43 households that were affected by the upgrading of the road were relocated to Gerald Estates and were also compensated accordingly. Signage has been placed at strategic locations ahead of detours to direct motorists.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: General

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