R440 million for east road upgrade
REKORDEAST / 16 FEBRUARY 2018 - 12.05 / LIAM NGOBENI
The construction includes a northbound dual carriageway, two bridges over the railway line, cycle and pedestrian paths as well as taxi lay-bys.
The Gauteng government has invested almost half a billion to upgrade the busy K54 Tsamaya Road in Mamelodi.
Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport speaking during the launch of the project. Photo: Supplied
Roads and transport MEC Ismail Vadi said the R440 million construction would include a northbound dual carriageway, two bridges over the railway line, cycle and pedestrian paths as well as taxi lay-bys.
Speaking on Wednesday during the launch of the project Vadi said an upgrade would take 30 months to complete.
Other works include resurfacing the section leading to the N4 freeway, application of road markings and the installation of traffic signals.
“Upon completion the road will serve as an important link between Mamelodi and the N4 freeway and act as an alternative to Moloto Road, in addition to that it will also improve road safety in Mamelodi.”
Vadi said the provision of a modern road network would be a catalyst for socio-economic development in Mamelodi and surrounding areas.
“My department is wholly committed to providing training and skills development to and empowering local contractors. The project will see the main contractor sub-contracting work to local small, medium and micro-sized enterprises,” said Vadi.
He said township communities, particularly women, youth and people with disabilities, should benefit through the various employment, training and sub-contracting opportunities the project afforded.
The department appealed to motorists in the area to exercise caution during construction.
Chairperson of the roads and transport oversight committee councillor Elmarie Linde said the city was grateful for the investment.
“This is long overdue as residents have been struggling to reach their destinations with the road in such a condition.”
Linde urged councillors to be involved in the 30-month long project and ensure there were no work stoppages.
“We will keep an eye on the project and look forward to celebrating the road which will help many people in Tshwane,” said Linde.
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