Speed humps will soon be installed on the Western Bypass in Windhoek as part of an upgrade of the bypass from a highway to a freeway.
Works minister Alpheus !Naruseb made this announcement on Tuesday in the National Assembly (NA), saying traffic safety in Namibia is a serious challenge.
He said the ministry witnessed an upsurge in the number of accidents on the Western Bypass, which is a section of the B1 road that runs through Windhoek.
"Pedestrian safety along this stretch of the road remains a critical concern as the area west of the road was not populated at the time of construction," he stated.
In addition to the changes that will be made to the national road, Hegel and Bernt Carlsson streets in Academia and Pionierspark would be closed.
The intersection at Bernt Carlsson and the Western Bypass will be redesigned to accommodate traffic needs properly.
In addition to the short-term intervention to curb the high number of accidents and fatalities, the speed limit on the Western Bypass has been reduced from 120 kilometres per hour to 80 kilometres per hour.
!Naruseb further indicated that N$400 000 would be spent on installing traffic lights at the intersection of Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue and the Western Bypass, near the University of Namibia.
Barriers will also be placed on the sides of the road to encourage pedestrians to use bridges instead of jaywalking.
"These are merely temporary road safety measures. Medium to long-term initiatives continue as planned, and are aimed at upgrading the Western Bypass into a functional freeway with the required road furniture and improved pedestrian safety facilities," !Naruseb said.
A freeway is a dual-carriageway main road, with a dividing strip between the traffic in opposite directions, and usually two or more lanes in each direction.