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SANRAL completes Eastern Cape road projects worth R1.4 billion

AUGUST 24, 2016
SANRAL completes Eastern Cape road projects worth R1.4 billion

The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) on Wednesday announced it has delivered completed road infrastructure development and road maintenance projects to the value of R1,4 billion in the Eastern Cape in its 2015/2016 financial year.

SANRAL completed thirteen road engineering projects comprising activities which included, amongst other, vertical and horizontal alignment, new community access roads, pedestrian walkways, repairing of sections of road in distress, road resurfacing, construction of interchange bridges, and slope stabilization projects on roads under its jurisdiction.

At the heart of SANRAL’s projects is a visible imprint of opportunities for communities, and through the 13 projects completed this year, the road development authority recorded the following achievements in the province.

Through the 13 projects, the number of jobs created provided employment to 1988 individuals, and training and skills development initiatives was provided advancing 459 individuals, the majority coming from disadvantaged communities.  These figures are exclusive of other SANRAL Project that are currently underway through construction and ongoing maintenance.

SANRAL’s Southern Region which comprises the Eastern Cape Province has the most national roads out of all South African provinces.  SANRAL upgrades, maintains and rehabilitates road infrastructure spanning 4 544 km in the province.

This year, SANRAL Southern Region completed the following projects:

  • R61:  The majority of projects were delivered along the R61, and the four projects included dualing of the road between St. Barnabas and Ntlaza CBD (R130 million); rehabilitation programme between Draai River and Elinus (R80 million), an upgrading project between Qumanco River and All Saints Phase 1 (R209 million), and the reseal of the R61/N6 to Upper Tsojana (R60 million).
  • N2:  Along the N2, SANRAL completed the construction of the Bay West interchange and link roads (R350 million), and completed the resealing of the national road between Qumbu and Mount Frere (R55 million).
  • R72:  For the R72, SANRAL undertook and completed special maintenance from Keiskamma River to the East London Airport (R80 million), and also resealed the road between Fonteinskloof and Alexandria (R47 million)
  • R63: The R63 was upgraded through a reseal of the road between Alice and King Williamstown (R98 million)
  • R75:   A slope stabilization project of the R75 near Uitenhage was undertaken (R73 million)
  • N6:  The reseal project from Queenstown to Jamestown (R120 million)
  • R56:   The reseal of the road from Mount Fletcher to Matatiele (R100 million)
  • N10:  The reseal of the N10 between Jaskraal  and Baviaans River (R50 million)

“The programmes will benefit local and regional economies by laying the foundation to further improve the attractiveness of region for foreign and direct investment, create safer and sufficient walkway and road-crossing infrastructure for pedestrians, and improve road surface and safety conditions for motorists,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region manager.

“The road infrastructure development projects are also supporting the goals of the country’s National Development Plan as a world-class road network for the Eastern Cape will also address poverty, unemployment, income equality, while supporting the broader goals of national and regional development, transformation and empowerment,” said Peterson.