Roads upgrade started

2019-03-07 06:02
Some of the employees working on the road construction at NY 139 in Gugulethu.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Some of the employees working on the road construction at NY 139 in Gugulethu.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Plans by the City of Cape to upgrade and rehabilitate roads in Gugulethu moved up a notch last week with the announcement that the next phase of the road rehabilitation project has started.

The project, which was halted in October last year after angry protesters set machinery and pipes for civil engineering services on fire, will focus on NY112 and NY116, both in dire need of upgrade, NYs138, 139, 144, 145 and 146.

Almost R25m has been set aside for the initiative designed to upgrade and rehabilitate the ageing roads constructed by the apartheid government in the 1960s and now most of them are in an appalling state.

City’s mayoral committee member for Transport Felicity Purchase said these concrete roads were specifically identified as the “most in need” of rehabilitation.

Purchase said new kerbs and channels with storm water catch pits and pipe work will be added to these roads and that will improve the storm water run off in the area. “It is important to note that the purpose of these stormwater infrastructures is to prevent roads from flooding,” said Purchase.

However, residents and motorists have mixed emotions about the upgrades.

NY 137 resident Happiness Mbindela said she does not see the need for the upgrades. She said they will not make any difference in the community. “This is a waste of money which the City should have allocated for other things. There is nothing wrong with these streets. They are more solid than tarred roads,” she said.

Motorist Nyameko Sifuba praised the City for a “stunning job”. He said the current roads are a bit narrow. “These streets (concrete) are bumpy when you compare them with the tarred roads and that can have an impact on tyres,” he said.

Ward 41 councillor Sharon Manata said, the project will create job opportunities. She said the project is expected to be completed at the end of July. “This is what the community needs,” Manata said.


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