Gug’s concrete roads to dismantle

2018-05-10 06:00
Some Gugulethu residents looking their street names on the map during an open day held at Ikhwezi Community Centre.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Some Gugulethu residents looking their street names on the map during an open day held at Ikhwezi Community Centre.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Gugulethu residents in NYs 112, 116, 138, 139, 144, 145, 146 and NY155 have welcomed the upgrade and rehabilitation of the concrete roads into tar with open arms.

This after they were invited to an open day hosted by the City’s Transport and Urban Transport Development Authority, TDA, where officials provide residents with information and maps of where the work will take place.

The meeting was held at Ikhwezi Community Centre in Gugulethu last Friday.

About eight roads will be re-constructed, rehabilitated and repaired as part of the project to be undertaken by the TDA.

The project includes the construction of new sidewalks with universal access for those with special needs, and the upgrade and replacement of dated stormwater infrastructure.

Brett Herron, the City’s Mayco member for Transport and Urban Development said: “We will be rehabilitating and reconstructing over 2,1 km of concrete roads and some of the existing roads may need to be widened as well. Once completed, all of the new roads will have a bitumen rubber tarmac layer.

We will also build new sidewalks and importantly speed humps will be installed along these roads to slow down traffic. The measures will go a long way in improving the safety of pedestrians in particular the most vulnerable road users such as children and older people.”

Siyabulela Mamkeli, the City’s Mayco member for Area Central, said the existing stormwater infrastructure will be replaced.

“Replacing dated stormwater gullies and pipework will prevent the roads from being flooded during downpours. This will increase the roads’ longevity and also improve the driving conditions in wet weather. We refer to the work to be done as a fence to fence improvement of the road reserve, which will be of great benefit to the communities living in the vicinity of the roads,” said Mamkeli.

He said as is the case to all City projects taking place within communities, the contractor is obliged to source goods and service from local business and must provide temporary employment opportunities to local residents.

He said the work will have the impact on the flow of traffic in these areas.

The contract value is approximately R22 million and the project should be concluded within one year if all goes as planned.

Mbulelo Mondi described the project as a great initiative for the community.

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