SANRAL to upgrade Port Alfred to Fish River stretch of R72

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) has issued a call for tenders for the upgrading of the section of the R72 between Port Alfred and the Fish River.

Responsibility for the R72 coastal road linking Port Elizabeth and East London was transferred by the Eastern Cape Government to SANRAL in 2012, part of more than 2 000 kilometres of provincial roads transferred to the Agency.

SANRAL states that the approximate duration of the contract to upgrade the 27.5 kilometre stretch is 42 months.

The Agency has already issued a call for tenders for work on the R72 between the East London Airport and Keiskammahoek Pass.

The National Roads Agency has also issued a tender for routine road maintenance on the N2 between Colchester and East London.

The Department of Environmental Affairs recently issued SANRAL with environmental authorisation for the upgrading of the N2 between Grahamstown and Fish River, a stretch of some 47 kilometres.

Documentation on the project states that the upgrade “will improve the level of service of the road to cater from increased traffic volumes over the next 25 years”.

It adds that the project will include a number of “geometric improvements that will increase the design speed to 100 kilometres an hour”.

In addition to strengthening the road structure and widening, the project also includes the provision of climbing lanes, widening of Fish River Bridge and improvements to the Fish River Pass.

Construction will take place in such a manner as to limit the Stop-Go restrictions. - metrominutes