The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has launched a road rehabilitation project, R28, which connects Sebokeng and the N12, at a cost of R237 million.
MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi said that the project would see the rehabilitation and widening of over 29km of the R28 in the next coming two years, as the contractor was confident that the project would be completed in 24 months.
“The completion of this road will reduce travelling time and ensure improved road safety for motorists, cyclers and pedestrians. It will also result in increased motorised road user capacity,” MEC Vadi said.
He also said that the single carriageway that provides a bypass for road traffic from the south of Johannesburg to the N12 and the North West Province has not been in a good condition for years.
“R28 had been degraded over the past years due to increased road usage by heavy duty trucks, particularly from the mines and farms around the vicinity.”
“The project scope of this road includes significant road works such as; reinstating road markings and signage; replacing damaged signs and guardrails; clearing the road reserve and drainage structures, and cutting overgrown grass along the route,” MEC Vadi added.
MEC Vadi added that the project was designed to be labour intensive and would see locals being employed, as well as local SMMEs being given sub-contracting opportunities, and employing youth, females and persons with disabilities.
So far, the project has employed over 80 local labours and will be hiring more as the work load of the project increased. Those hired in the project will also be given skills training and acquire certificates for future use.
In addition, MEC Vadi urged road users to be vigilant when using the roads, saying that motorists should keep within the speed limit, not drink and drive, as well as practicing road safety.