PMB construction to upgrade infrastructure

2015-06-24 06:00
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Workers break through the tar surface on Peter Kerchoff Street to dig trenches to lay new cables.

PHOTO: jonathan burton Workers break through the tar surface on Peter Kerchoff Street to dig trenches to lay new cables.

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THERE has been an increasing number of construction and repairs taking place on roads in Pietermaritzburg which has impacted on travel time, especially­ for people working in the CBD.

The most recent road repair is the resurfacing of Willowton Road and the on and off-ramps to the N3 and workers have been painting traffic light poles and marking the roads in the city.

Nqobile Madonda acting municipal marketing and communications manager said there are a number of projects under way in Pietermaritzburg.

“In terms of the Pietermaritzburg Urban Renewal Project (Purp), there will be red paving bricks laid on sidewalks.

“The sidewalks between Chief Albert Luthuli and Peter Kerchoff are currently being upgraded and, providing there are no unseen delays, these should be completed by the end of September this year,” said Madonda.

The resurfacing of Willowton Road and the N3 ramp is due to be completed by the end of this week.

“The next resurfacing project will be in Victoria Road intersection by the Virgin Active Centre and will take about a week or so to be completed,” she said.

Madonda said that road rehabilitation projects will be under- taken­ in 2016 and 2017.

Speaking about the digging that is taking place in the centre of town along most of the main streets, Madonda said this is part of an electricity­ project.

“This is the installation of the 132KV electricity city grid that will mean an improvement of the network stability in the city centre.

“The contract is for supply and installation of the cable and should be completed in 2015 or early 2016. This is to upgrade the central city network which includes Archbell substation, Prince Alfred Street substation and the Pine Street substation, moving it from 33/11KV to 132/11KV.”

Madonda said that the planned work does not include reactive work which results from a service breakdown that needs to be repaired, like a burst water main or service or an electricity cable fault that needs to be attended to.

“However, these are not planned, hence they can happen on any roads, pavements or surfaces.

“Furthermore, it should be noted­ that many service owners are installing or repairing their services­ in the city,” she said.

Until then motorists are urged to drive with caution and patience in areas where resurfacing or other construction is taking place.

Bearing the construction in mind, adding a few minutes to travel time is advised

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