Walvis Bay Taxi Association spokesperson Onesmus Ndengu says he is satisfied with the repairs on one of the roads in Kuisebmond that were affecting their operations.
Repair work on the intersection of Volstruis and Agaat Street, which was full of potholes, started this month and is at an advanced stage.
The repairs are part of the Walvis municipality’s road rehabilitation project to address the deterioration of intersections and road infrastructure at the town. Taxi drivers held a series of demonstrations this year, urging the municipality to speed up the process on Kuisebmond roads.
“It is a relief that the process has finally started on Kuisebmond roads, especially Agaat Street.
It is badly damaged by drain water. We feel that our petition was heard, and we would like to thank the council for acting fast.
We understand that it is a process that takes time and money, but this particular intersection was damaging our vehicles.” said Ndengu on Friday.
The project includes paving streets with interlocks after damages that were caused by the increase in heavy vehicles within Walvis Bay.
“Interlock paving is generally more durable than asphalt paving and can last for several decades with the necessary maintenance.
It is also less affected by weather and climate changes, such as exposure to rain, cracking, and deformations. Tthe municipality remains committed to improving service delivery despite the challenge of the unique environment and weather conditions in Walvis Bay,” said Walvis Bay corporate communications officer Anita Kaihiva.
The latest intersection that was rehabilitated was the Hanna Mupetami and 5th Street East intersection, which receives a high volume of heavy vehicles headed towards the port and the industrial area.
Other previously rehabilitated roads were Sam Nujoma Avenue, Hanna Mupetami Road, Hidipo Hamutenya Drive, Circumferential Road, as well as the Sam Nujoma Avenue and Kruis Street intersection.