Boatle spaghetti underway

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 13 June 2018   |   By Ricardo Kanono

Motorists using the A1 road have been warned to exercise extreme caution and to follow road signs when approaching Boatle junction, near Ramotswa village as traffic will be diverted for road users to access their various destinations.

The Boatle junction will be closed down on Friday June 15th 2018 to pave way for the construction of a more urbanite piece of road infrastructure – the Boatle Interchange or separated grade junction- otherwise commonly known as a spaghetti jucntion. The construction of the Boatle Interchange will be the second of its type to be instituted by Government of Botswana, following the succesful completion of the Thapama interchange in the city of Francistown. The construction of the Interchange is part of a bigger project to reconstruct approximately 20km of road between the capital city Gaborone, and Boatle. The project as at the end of April 2018 figures, employs 522 personnel: 489 are citizens and 33 expatriates. Government is fully funding this project which has a cost of P1, 069, 836, 218.98 (One Billion, and Sixty-Nine Million, Eight Hundred and Thirty-Six, Two Hundred and Eighteen Pula, Ninety-Eight Thebe).

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After its completion, the road should be able to defuse traffic congestion along this section of the A1 road, of which nits scope of works include the upgrading of the existing Gaborone - Boatle Road from a single carriageway (2 lanes) to dual carriageway (4 lanes) road of bituminous standards with associated geometric improvements, including an interchange at Boatle Junction and construction of Tloane and Metsimaswaane Bridges.

The start date of the project is the 24th March 2017 and it has now been revised to complete on the 5th April 2019 from an initial date of the 23rd March 2019. Progress of the project currently is at 31.02% against a planned 33.05%.    



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