2017/05/09 Gopolang Leepile
The Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, has today launched a 21km rehabilitation project of the N14 freeway between Diepsloot and Brakfontein interchange in Centurion.
The project which amounts to R444 million, follows the first phase of rehabilitation of the freeway from Krugersdorp to Diepsloot, and will see the completion of its remaining portion that connects Centurion and Krugersdorp in the next 24 months.
MEC Vadi said that the toll-free freeway offers motorists alternative routes to the Sandton CBD, Lenseria Airport and Diepsloot.
“With traffic volumes on the N14 growing at a rate of 3.2 percent per annum, the freeway has seen sharp increases in traffic flows, particularly at peak times, necessitating its upgrade,” he said.
He also said that the freeway will see an additional third lane being added to enable ease of mobility during peak hours.
“The project will improve the structural and functional condition of the road by means of strengthening the pavement structure and providing a new asphalt overlay.
“New concrete lined drains and subsoil drains will aid in the preservation of the pavement structure and add to the safety of the road user,” added MEC Vadi.
MEC Vadi also appealed to motorists to exercise extra caution on the road during the construction period.
Furthermore, MEC Vadi said that the project scope of this rehabilitation entails the construction of a new fast lane; reconstruction of sub-base where required; removing existing defective asphalt; painting new road markings’ repairing existing bridges and installing new guardrails where necessary.
The project will also see the provision of skills development opportunities as