Motorists frustrated

2019-08-21 06:01
Due to road construction, traffic jams are a regular sight in Fort Hare Road in Bloemfontein. Photos: Teboho Setena

Due to road construction, traffic jams are a regular sight in Fort Hare Road in Bloemfontein. Photos: Teboho Setena

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Motorists in Bloemfontein will have to be more patient with the regular traffic jams they experience due to construction on main roads.

Bumper-to-bumper traffic, frequently stretching over a kilometre, is a daily occurrence.

Adding to the frustration, taxi drivers are driving recklessly in their rush to deliver passengers to their destinations.

Some is reckless driving by taxi drivers who even drive into opposite lanes of the road, facing oncoming traffic.

While these developments are welcomed for a better future, some seem to linger beyond the timelines set for completion.

Construction work on the M10 route running through the Hamilton industrial area and Rocklands has been temporarily halted.

Being one of the multi-million rand projects in the Mangaung infrastructure development programme, the road has been closed for civil construction work since April last year.

It is only expected to be operational by October this year.

The scope of work includes upgrading of the road surface and storm water drainage system, as well as construction of pedestrian walkways.

“A number of days were lost due to unworkable conditions on site on and after rainy days,” said Qondile Khedama, spokesperson of the Mangaung Metro Municipality.

The contractual completion date is 11 October.

“The contract of the project will give the guidelines in relation to whether or not the contract period will be extended, and the permissible period of extension will be determined contractually when the contractor applies for such.”

Khedama said the initial duration of the M10 project was 12 months, with September set as the date of completion.

Khedama said other roadworks are part of the Integrated Public Transport Network.

However, some of these multi-million rand projects are reportedly overshadowed by legal battles involving the Mangaung Metro and construction companies.

One legal dispute involves the awarding of the tender between the cash-strapped Mangaung city council and the Foko Motlatsi Phillimon Contractor.

Judgement is expected later this month.

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