Process underway to classify provincial and municipal roads

OCTOBER 14, 2014

The Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works in collaboration with district and local municipalities has initiated a process of “classifying” the provincial and municipal road network.

The classification takes place in terms of the Road Infrastructure Strategic Framework for South Africa (RISFSA) published by the National Department of Transport.

The department has issued an invitation to stakeholders and interested and affected parties to provide comment on the proposed classifications.

The classification is divided into road ownership: private, municipal and provincial; RISFSA category which roads from 1-5, and surface type: surfaced and unsurfaced.

The department says once comments have been received these will be considered and, “if justifiable, the classification will be amended accordingly”. Regarding provincial roads, the department will submit a report to MEC Thandiswa Marawu for approval and then publication in the Gazette.

In the case of municipal roads, the department will submit a report to each local municipality for adoption.

RISFSA is a “blueprint for the planning and development of road infrastructure in South Africa in the future,” and categorises six main classes of roads “according to their strategic function,” ranging from regional distributor to non-motorised access ways. - metrominutes


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