The multi million pula road project is expected to change the face of Francistown and decongest traffic in the city’s busiest roads.
“Initially the Thapama circle was to be replaced by a signalled junction.
But a decision was made last year to construct a grade separate junction, after it was established that there is high growth along the Tonota Francistown road,” a statement from the ministry of Transport has indicated.
Francistown city’s Principal Economic Planner, Ethal Mosojane said the project was scheduled to commence in October last year and expected to be completed in October 2015.
The relocation of water pipes, power and telecommunication cables which was supposed to have been done within six months of the project however caused a snag in the project’s progress.
“Overall progress achieved is at 19 per cent instead of the 35 per cent which was intended,” said the Economic Planner recently.
Meanwhile 42 households in Somerset East are yet to be relocated to Gerald Estates to pave way for the upgrading of the Thapama junction.
Complete rehabilitation of the road includes upgrading of the road’s infrastructure into a dual carriageway, improving intersections and a grade separated junction at Thapama circle.
All brigades along the 40 kilometres stretch will also be upgraded .
China Railway 7th Group is the contractor of the road project.