Roadworks resume after World Cup pause

THE easier drives on Gauteng roads are no more as the South African National Roads Agency Limited gears up for the final haul of road constructions.

About 80percent of the road-widening works, as well as 20 of the planned 34 interchange upgrades, have been completed.

"The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project will commence again (this week), after it was suspended for the duration of the World Cup," National Roads Agency (Sanral) spokesperson Priya Pillay said.

"Although it was not a World Cup project, certain milestones were set to allow for freer-flowing traffic. Roads were made available to increase the capacity of the network," she said.

"It should, however, be noted that in certain areas the work still needs to be completed, for example, to add the final top layer of the road, to do quality tests and to apply final road markings.

"During this phase, lanes that were made available during the World Cup might need to be closed again to allow for the construction works to be finalised. Road users are therefore requested to be cautious in construction areas and to adhere to the road signs," Pillay said.

It is anticipated that the bulk of the construction works will be completed by the end of the year.

"Sanral apologises for any inconveniences caused during these construction works," said Pillay.

Sanral has already completed the bulk of its improvement projects on major Gauteng roads, including Atterbury, Rigel, Garsfontein, Flying Saucer with R21, Irene, Brakfontein, Rooihuiskraal, Rivonia, William Nicol, Malibongwe, 14th Avenue, Gordon Road, Maraisburg, N1-N17 Soweto link, Diepkloof, Comaro, Grey, Heidelberg, Van Buuren and Gillooly's.


Roads that still have to be completed are: Lynnwood (two ramps opened for traffic on the weekend of June 5 and 6), John Vorster and Olifantsfontein (on N1 and R21), Allandale (north-bound ramp for traffic from Kyalami opened on June 4), Marlboro, Linksfield, Geldenhuys, Elands, Voortrekker and Reading (on N3), Edenvale, Kraft, Atlas and Bapsfontein (on R21 and N12).