R26m pumped into road

2016-11-15 10:01
The next phase of road upgrades are underway in Heideveld, with a total cost of R26m.

The next phase of road upgrades are underway in Heideveld, with a total cost of R26m. (Earl Haupt)

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The next phase of road upgrades in the Heideveld area is well underway and will cost around R26m to complete.

Anthony Moses, ward 44 councillor, says the current upgrades will be done up to the Heideveld sports complex, because that is the area where most of the work has been happening.

Upgrades include the reconstruction of concrete roads, sidewalks and walkways and installing brick paving, with the current phase scheduled to be completed by May next year.

Moses states that all labourers and contractors come from within the ward.

Initial road upgrades in the area started a year ago (“Speeding drivers get red lights”, People’s Post, 10 November 2015).

Amatola Crescent, Bailey Crescent, Heideveld Road, Hogsback Street, Paulsberg Street, Simonsberg Street and Zuurberg Street are all in the process of being upgraded. The road improvements will also extend from Allison Court to Noreen Court, which includes Susan, Rosa and Patricia courts.

“We are looking at the next phase of improvement with the rest of Katberg Road and those roads down there,” confirms Moses.

Along with the concrete road refurbishments, the further traffic-calming measures will be installed.

“There are going to be a number of [traffic-calming measures]. In the previous phase we had 19 traffic-calming measures approved. In the current phase there are going to be 18 traffic-calming measures approved,” adds Moses.

He says residents should exercise patience during the construction period while he realises it may cause delays for those living in those areas. Moses adds that caution should be exercised.

“The most important thing is the residents should take note that we are working in the area. Obviously it will impact on their safety in terms of the construction taking place, but we urge them just to be very careful and also know where children are playing and not to play on these stockpiles which are scattered across the area,” he warns.

Along with the safety concerns, the uneven ground and stockpiles present, the unearthed soil also poses a potential health risk to those who come into direct contact with it while also raising a few security red flags.

“It has got to do with safety as well as the soil might not be healthy for the skin of the children. Residents should be alert when these stockpiles become too high; it attracts other types of activity (such as crime). We want to keep these stockpiles as low as possible and we need the community to help us monitor the project,” adds Moses.

Following the redistribution of wards, ward 44 now extends into Bridgetown, which has subsequently been earmarked for further road upgrades.

“We are looking forward to it, depending on budget requirements. We want to go throughout the whole ward, up to Blossom Street, in terms of road maintenance and road refurbishment.

“That is for the coming financial year where we are looking not just at Heideveld, but improvements right through the area. The whole ward is affected and we are just trying to make sure that the whole ward is looked after where the road surface is concerned.”

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