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R1,8 billion in road projects earmarked for Sarah Baartman District Municipality

Feb 9, 2017
R1,8 billion in road projects earmarked for Sarah Baartman District Municipality

The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) has announced new major roadwork projects which will commence in the Sarah Baartman District Municipality in the Eastern Cape this year.

The 2017 projects’ estimated value of R1,8 billion, include building new bridges, constructing interchanges, special road maintenance and road upgrades. The projects also include work on R342 from Addo to Paterson and R336 route upgrades from Kirkwood to Addo in the Sundays River Valley Route.

In 2012 the Premier formally requested SANRAL to take over projects which include the R56, R58, R62, R63, R67, R72 and R75.

Upcoming projects in the Eastern Cape in 2017 include:

  • Work on the N2 upgrade from Grahamstown to Fish River Pass - phase 2 project which will start in April 2017. The 30 month projects’ estimated value is R300 million. The scope of work includes improving vertical and horizontal alignment; and widening of road to 13,4m cross section with climbing lanes.
  • N2 construction of the Colchester interchange will be commencing in October 2017. The 18 month projects’ estimated value is R100 million. The scope of work includes constructing an interchange bridge, approaches to bridge, pedestrian bridge and pedestrian walkways.
  • The R62 special maintenance project from Kareedouw to N2 will commence in March 2017. The eight-month projects’ estimated value is R90 million. The work will include repair section in distress, texture treatment, crack sealing and resurfacing with double seal 20/7mm.
  • The special maintenance project on the R75 from Wolwefontein to Jansenville will start in October 2017. The 18-month project’s estimated value at R180 million. The work includes repair and mill out of bad sections on the road; improve intersections, shoulders and edges; improve safety aspects near intersections; resurfacing, road markings and erect new signs; and fencing.
  • The 18-month special maintenance project on the R75 from Jansenville to the R75/R63 Intersection will start in October 2017. The project value is estimated at R200 million. The work will include repair and mill out bad sections on the road; improve intersections, shoulders and edges; improve safety aspects near intersections; resurfacing, road markings and erect new signs; and fencing.
  • A 34-month road upgrade of the R335 from Motherwell to Addo will commence in October 2017. The estimated project value is R500 million. The project will include the widening of the road; new vertical and horizontal alignment; new pavement layers; upgrade of Sundays River; improve safety aspects near intersections; and reseal surface and erect new signs.
  • The R336 upgrade from Kirkwood to Addo will start in October 2017. The project will run over a two year period and is estimated at R300 million. The project will include upgrading of two bridges; widening of the road; new pavement layers; improve safety aspects near intersections; reseal surface and erect new signs; and fencing.
  • A two year special maintenance project on the R342 from Addo to Paterson will start in October (2017). The project’s estimated value is R200 million and will include improvement to intersections; improvement to safety aspects near intersections; resurface, road markings and erect new signs; and fencing.

“These projects will also include identifying pedestrian hazardous locations. We take remedial actions that vary according to the specific nature of the prevailing hazard. Solutions range from upgrading roads and building pedestrian bridges and walkways. We also conduct road safety education and awareness campaigns,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager.

SANRAL’s road network consists of 21 490km of roads and seamlessly connects major cities, towns and rural areas, supporting economic growth and social development and contributes to job creation in the country.

SANRAL will spend R250-million on community development projects during this period.