Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi has launched Phase 2 of the Cedar Road upgrade project. The R87-million project forms part of the provincial road network and acts as an inter-urban collector of traffic for neighbouring townships.
On Thursday, MEC Vadi said that the project involves the rehabilitation and widening of Cedar Road in Fourways on both sides to a dual carriageway. The project is expected to run over 11 months.
Currently, it experiences a mix of light traffic as well as significant heavy vehicle traffic, primarily related to the transport of building materials from the northern outskirts of Johannesburg.
“The area has seen significant residential developments over the past 15 years such as the Steyn City development. Further residential and business growth is expected to continue over the next few years,” said Vadi.
Pedestrian walkways with wheel chair ramps and storm water systems will be upgraded as part of the project.
“Unattractive land tracts now look ready for development and we hope that the rehabilitation of this road will act as a catalyst for further development to take place,” said Vadi.
MEC Vadi further announced the preparation of Phase 3 of Cedar Road rehabilitation between Runnymead Road and R114. Forty percent of the contract price and R1 million will reserved for training of local labourers and SMME procurement.
The project is envisioned to improve the traffic capacity, pavement integrity and promote black owned economic enterprise during the construction period.