Road upgrades ‘on track’

2015-10-13 06:00
The City of Cape Town says the reconstruction of concrete roads in Manenberg is on schedule. 

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The City of Cape Town says the reconstruction of concrete roads in Manenberg is on schedule. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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The project for concrete road upgrades in Manenberg is on track.

This was confirmed by the City of Cape Town, despite ward councillor Junade Hoosain raising a concern about delays at the most recent subcouncil meeting on Thursday 17 September.

Hoosain said at the meeting that the contractor was experiencing cash flow problems and that material delivery was delayed by a week at the time.

But Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, maintains there were no delays in the project and that it is running on schedule.

“The contract for the reconstruction of the concrete roads in ward 46 in Manenberg commenced in mid-July and the progress is on schedule,” he says

Herron adds that the overall programme for the reconstruction of concrete roads in Manenberg is divided into multiple work packages or tenders.

“Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, follows a tender pro­cess for each of these work packages, after which the contractor is appointed to do the reconstruction within a certain ward or area. The work that is currently underway is in ward 46 and the contractor was appointed in mid-May,” he says.

Herron further explains that a month-long appeal period must be observed before the successful contractor can undertake the necessary preparations before the physical work can start.

“The preparations include obtaining bank guarantees, letters from the insurers, the health and safety plan for the specific project and a detailed programme or proposed schedule for the work to be done. These preparations usually take another two to four weeks,” Herron says.

The project is planned to be completed by the middle of the year next year and is expected to cost about R19.2m.

Herron adds that concrete roads are being upgraded across the city on an ongoing basis in areas such as Heideveld, Manenberg and Hanover Park.

“This work includes the reconstruction, rehabilitation and repair of existing concrete roads in these areas. The majority of the roadworks consist of the ‘crack and seal’ rehabilitation method of concrete roads, whereby the existing concrete is cracked in order to perform as a flexible base, and the road is topped with a bitumen-rubber tarmac layer. In some instances, the widening of the existing roadway is also required and in all cases a new kerb and channel is provided,” he explains.

Included in the road upgrades are repairs to stormwater gullies and pipework. New surfaced sidewalks and road verges are also constructed.

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