Upgrading of R72 Coastal Road Should be completed by Mid-2020

JANUARY 14, 2015

Construction work on various sections of the R72 coastal road between Port Elizabeth and East London should be completed by mid-2020.

South African National Roads Agency PR and Communications Manager for the Southern Region Michelle Ah Shene says resealing of the road between the Keiskamma River and turn-off to the East London Airport started in September 2014 and would finish in June 2015. The estimated cost of the work, she said, was approximately R85 million.

The upgrading of the road between Port Alfred and Fish River, she said, would start in March next year and should finish in September 2018 at a total cost of R630 million.

This means that by 2022 at the latest, Sanral will have completed the upgrading of both the N2 and R72, as work on the N2 between Grahamstown and Fish River is scheduled to start in April, with all three phases taking between 6 and 7 years to complete.

She said work on proposed by-passes around King William’s Town, Butterworth and Dutywa was continuing.

The King William’s Town by-pass was “currently at the route location stage while the route location stage for the Butterworth and Dutywa by-passes was “nearing completion”.

Ah Shene added that environmental scoping reports had been submitted for the selected routes at each of the three towns.

She also said that the National Roads Agency’s capital investment in the Eastern Cape had totalled R4.137 billion over the past three financial years leading to the creation of 12 657 jobs.

Operational expenditure over the same three-year period was R1.663 billion, which resulted in the creation of 4 992 jobs.  - MetroMinutes.


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