By Thulare Bopape
Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi officially launched the R50 million rehabilitated P46/1 (M61) road in Meyerton, south of Johannesburg on Thursday, 19th October 2017.
The MEC had visited Sedibeng District Municipality as part of the Ntirhisano programme. The programme provides a platform for government in the Gauteng City Region to assess service delivery and resolve challenges.
The road, through mainly a rural environment, connects Meyerton in Sedibeng and Katlehong (Alberton) in Ekurhuleni. It is a major collector and distributor for urban areas along the route, linking various economic nodes and development corridors in both the municipalities. Road P46/1 also serves as an alternative to the R59 highway, helping to alleviate traffic congestion.
Rehabilitation works on the project included extending the usable life of the road, addressing safety aspects for users through surfacing, repairs and installations of guardrails, road signs and installing markings. Bridge railings and edge beams are also installed as well as undertaking on-going maintenance.
The government’s objectives in undertaking multi-million road projects include providing an improved user capacity and safety, enhancing driving experience whilst shortening travel times. The network serves to improve market accessibility and productivity, ensuring balanced regional economic development, creating employment, promoting labour mobility and connecting communities.