Gaut­eng roads get a boost

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The Gaut­eng Depart­ment of Roads and Trans­port has spent over R3 bil­lion on heavy and light re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the road in­fra­struc­ture along var­i­ous cor­ri­dors in the prov­ince since 2014.

The depart­ment said this was done in line with the provin­cial govern­ment's com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing world-class road in­fra­struc­ture.

MEC for Roads and Trans­port, Is­mail Vadi, said the in­jec­tion of funds into cap­i­tal projects is meant to fa­cil­i­tate im­proved mo­bil­ity, pro­mote eco­nomic growth and stim­u­late the devel­op­ment of small and emerg­ing con­trac­tors.

It also aims to main­tain the road net­work in a good con­di­tion so as to im­prove road safety.

In the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year, the depart­ment's al­lo­cated bud­get is R6.8 bil­lion, with R1.9 bil­lion specif­i­cally ear­marked for trans­port in­fra­struc­ture.

“The provin­cial roads main­te­nance grant is be­ing ef­fec­tively used to keep our net­work in good shape. Twelve ma­jor road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion projects such as the N12; the N14 and the R82 from Eiken­hof to Walk­erville have been com­pleted.

“Work on the re­main­ing sec­tion of the N14 is un­der­way. Twenty-five ser­vice providers have been ap­pointed for rou­tine out­sourced main­te­nance,” MEC Vadi said.

As part of the Gaut­eng Free­way Im­prove­ment Plan, nine roads were re­ha­bil­i­tated as al­ter­na­tive routes to e-tolls.

“Ben­e­fits to mo­torists in­clude im­proved road user mo­bil­ity; in­creased road­way ca­pac­ity; re­duced travel times; easy ac­cess to busi­ness, res­i­den­tial and agri­cul­tural es­tates, as well as im­prov­ing gen­eral road safety. A num­ber of in­ter­changes along routes have also been im­proved,” the provin­cial depart­ment said.

The provin­cial depart­ment's road net­work of 5 638km in­cludes 1 388km of gravel roads.The net­work in­cludes 676 bridges and 428 cul­verts.The to­tal as­set value of the net­work is cal­cu­lated at R

25.5 bil­lion.

“The lat­est Pave­ment Net­work

Re­port shows that 71 per­cent of our sur­faced roads are in a very good, good or fair con­di­tion – show­ing an im­prove­ment on the pre­vi­ous re­port,” MEC Vadi said.

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