The first phase of the ongoing 134km Rundu-Elundu road upgrade stretching from Rundu to Nkurenkuru in Namibia is expected to be completed ahead of schedule.

According to contractor Chico China Henan the target is achievable as the project’s contractor has doubled the amount of equipment being used after a initial delay of nine weeks by heavy rains.

China based company Chico China Henan was awarded the N$310m contract to upgrade the road.

The road passes through one of the most densely populated rural areas in Namibia.

Once complete, the road would serve as part of the Trans-Caprivi Link and is expected to improve tourism and trade in the country.

So far, 76km of the road linking Rundu, the north-central regions and the Angolan markets through Oshikango have been completed.

The second phase involves the road upgrade from Nkurenkuru to Elundu.