Ismail Vadi, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, has launched a US$11.2m road rehabilitation project on the R511, located North-West of Johannesburg.
“The R511 links Gauteng with the North West Province and serves as a major inter-provincial route from Midrand towards the neighbouring province.”
It also serves as a collector and distributor of traffic for rural areas and towns.
He added that a section of the road was rehabilitated some year ago and the current project will upgrade the remaining 12km of the road network linking it to the neighbouring province.
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The project entails the:Resurfacing of the remaining Gauteng section of the road that links with the North West;reinstating of road markings and traffic signs;construction of edge beams on the road; replacing or repairing of damaged guardrails;cleaning road reserve and cutting of overgrown grass;cleaning and repairing drainage structures; andconstructing new drainage structures.
The project is scheduled to be completed in 18 months’ time. The project will also see the construction of bus bays at selected intersections in support of public transport and passenger convenience.
According to Vadi, the road improvements will serve to stimulate economic activities and trigger economic development between Gauteng and the North West province. It will serve as a catalyst to equalise the distribution of wealth in the region as this is an important freight route.
The affected wards along the route will be given preference when it comes to sub-contracting and recruitment of labour with selection focusing on women, youth and people living with disabilities.
The project will improve travelling time and ensure improved safety for road users, cyclists and pedestrians.