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TONOTA – FRANCISTOWN ROAD PROJECT UPDATE
20/12/13
TONOTA – FRANCISTOWN ROAD PROJECT UPDATE
TONOTA – FRANCISTOWN ROAD PROJECT UPDATE

The Department of Roads informs the public that progress for the construction of the Tonota – Francistown reconstruction project is at 30.2% compared to a planned 42.9% making it behind schedule by 20 weeks. This has been mainly due to delay in the relocation of water, power and telecommunication services, supply of construction material, and evaluation and relocation of affected properties at Somerset East. The Contractor has and will continue to intensify activities to meet the intended deadline of the 36month project; that is 16th October 2015. 


DESIGN ON  GRADE SEPARATED INTERSECTION DUE APRIL 2014
Meanwhile design of the first ever grade separated intersection at what is commonly referred to as the Thapama Roundabout is expected to be complete by April 2014. The grade separated intersection commonly called a spaghetti junction will be built at the targeted area to ease traffic congestion.  According to the traffic analysis done the section of the existing road between BMC Circle and Tonota will reach capacity within a time frame of 2015 to 2023 while the section between BMC Circle and Thapama Lodge has already reached its capacity making flow of traffic unbearable especially during peak hours.

RELOCATION OF PRIVATE RESIDENCES DUE TO TONOTA – FRANCISTOWN ROAD PROJECT
Furthermore, forty-two (42) households from Somerset East are being relocated to new plots at Gerald Estates near Francistown. Offer letters of have been distributed to all those affected. Thirty (30) have accepted the offer letters, while two (2) have refused. Response is awaited from the other ten (10).
The residents are all being relocated to Gerald Estates and compensated according to the level of developments of their current plots.
Three (3) commercial plots are also affected and they will only be compensated. 
Approximately twenty-two (22) Million Pula will be used for compensation of both residential and commercial properties.
Delay in relocation of property has been hurdled mainly by negotiations at various levels, and in some cases location of rightful property owners.

CONSULTATIONS
Throughout and during construction of this project, the Ministry of Transport through Roads Department has been in constant sensitive consultation with relevant stakeholders including affected residents of Somerset East, the Bus and Taxi Drivers Association, general Business Community, affected Commercial Property Owners, and other stakeholders such as Banks, Local Authorities and traditional leadership.


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