Roads to get makeover

2015-05-05 07:18

Several heavily used roads in the southern suburbs will get a facelift.

The total value of the road improvement projects is about R170m, says Brett Heron, mayoral committee member for transport.

“The majority of these projects are taking place in areas with historical backlogs of infrastructure provision and where the need for improved roads, sidewalks and public transport facilities is the greatest,” he says.

“These projects entail the construction of sidewalks in Grassy Park, the upgrading of pedestrian facilities and roads in Athlone and Eerste River, the upgrading of concrete roads in Gugulethu and major resurfacing and rehabilitation along Jakes Gerwel Drive and Weltevreden Road in Philippi.”

The upgrades will be done as follows:

. In Grassy Park sidewalks will be built along sections of Perth and Italian Roads, Rooikrans Avenue, Fisherman’s Walk and Prince George Street to the value of R4m.

The sections along Perth Road and Prince George Street are completed, those along Italian Road and Rooikrans Avenue will commence in May and the section along Fisherman’s Walk is nearing completion.

. In Athlone the improvement of pedestrian walks and wheelchair access along Aden Avenue from Jan Smuts Drive to Lawrence Road, and new traffic calming measures at two intersections will be completed to the value of R2.2m after starting late last year.

. In Gatesville, Surrey Estate, Hanover Park and Primrose Park the southbound carriageway of Jakes Gerwel Drive between Klipfontein and Govan Mbeki roads and of the northbound carriageway between Govan Mbeki Road and the N2 freeway will be resurfaced from July.

. In Philippi the rehabilitation of Weltevreden Road between Govan Mbeki Road and Jakes Gerwel Drive is also set to start this month. The contract is valued at R24.1m and entails extensive stormwater upgrades, the construction of sidewalks and the resurfacing of both carriageways.

. Other projects will also take place in Eersteriver and Gugulethu.

“We are committed to a programme of redress and to improving the mobility of communities who live far away from economic opportunities and social amenities. We may not be able to eradicate the legacy of our past overnight, but the City is doing all it can with the resources at its disposal in changing the landscape of our city,” says Herron

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