City un­der­takes R52 mil­lion public up­grades

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter [email protected]­ner-city-gazette.co.za

The Jo­han­nes­burg Devel­op­ment Agency (JDA) has ap­pointed Boit­shoko Con­struc­tion Road & Sur­fac­ing to start with the con­struc­tion stage of the first phase of Mer­afe Rail­way Sta­tion project. The R26 mil­lion Rail­way Sta­tion up­grade started this month and will be com­pleted in Oc­to­ber 2019. The project is ex­pected to em­ploy six SMME’s and use lo­cal labour­ers.

The project is part of the City of Joburg’s ini­tia­tive to im­prove public trans­port fa­cil­i­ties in all the seven re­gions. The main ob­jec­tive of this project is to up­grade pedes­trian walk­ways con­nect­ing to all Metro­rail sta­tions in Soweto to im­prove pedes­trian mo­bil­ity to al­low for safer move­ment between dif­fer­ent ameni­ties and in­te­gra­tion with the public trans­port fa­cil­i­ties. The up­grade will also in­clude street light­ing and services en­hance­ment where re­quired.

Scope of work will also in­clude drainage, side­walks, kerbs and paving, street light­ing, land­scap­ing.

The JDA will also up­grade Mz­imhlophe Rail­way Sta­tion for R26 mil­lion to im­prove pedes­trian mo­bil­ity. The ap­pointed con­trac­tor Boph­e­long Con­struc­tion has al­ready started with the con­struc­tion stage of the first phase and ex­pected to em­ploy six SMME’s and utilise lo­cal labour­ers. The project will be com­pleted next year.

Scope of work will also in­clude drainage, side­walks, kerbs and paving, street light­ing, land­scap­ing. The project will be phased based on bud­get avail­abil­ity

The over­all aim of the project to al­low for safer move­ment between dif­fer­ent ameni­ties and in­te­gra­tion with the public trans­port fa­cil­i­ties, says Christo Botes, the JDA CEO.

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