Upgrade for PMB road

2010-02-01 00:00

AN UPGRADE to the N3/Chota Motala Road interchange, an area notorious for bumper-to-bumper traffic during peak periods, will provide some respite for frustrated motorists.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has carried out the necessary design work for the upgrade, and Msunduzi Municipality has committed itself to the project by approving funding to the tune of R54 767 287.

This is in addition to a R10 million contribution from the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

These amounts translate to 24% of the total needed for the upgrade, with Sanral being responsible for the balance.

Acting deputy municipal manager for infrastructure services, Thokozani Maseko, who tabled a report on the subject at a recent executive committee (Exco) meeting, said: “The amount is considered reasonable, compared with the initial estimate of R94 million, which was considered not financially viable for council.”

He said, in September last year, that a tender was advertised by Sanral for the construction of the interchange and the neighbouring municipal network upgrade, but the contract “will only be awarded once a funding commitment has been received from the council”.

Maseko said the project will be a joint effort between Sanral and the municipality, and both parties are set to sign an agreement which defines their roles and responsibilities in a clear manner.

Deputy municipal manager for finance, Roy Bridgmohan, said a sum of R25 million will be made available in the 2009/10 financial year and “funding for the outer years will have to become a contractual commitment”.

Of the R25 million needed for the project during the 2010/11 financial year, R20 million will be included in that year’s budget submission, while the other R5 million will be available subject to expenditure during the 2009/10 financial year.

The outstanding amount of R14 767 287 required for the 2011/12 financial year, is set to be included during the three-year budget submission.



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