Construction of Lenasia railway crossing road approved

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pretoria - The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved the environmental authorisation for the construction of a new road linking Nirvana Drive in Lenasia to the N12, near Zuurbekom.

“This decision will bring great relief to motorists travelling from Soweto, Azaadville, Westonaria, Randfontein and Krugersdorp to Lenasia and to the local business community, which previously was aggrieved by the closure a few years ago of the old railway crossing near the Lenasia Railway Station due to safety considerations,” Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi on Tuesday.

Currently, thousands of motorists are using the Dr Abubakr Asvat Drive as the primary gateway to Lenasia creating severe traffic congestion, particularly during peak hours and on Saturdays when funeral processions take place.

“This is the preferred route as it avoids the sensitive wetlands area and it is easier from a technical point of view,” MEC Vadi said. 

The provincial Roads and Transport Department is currently in the process of appointing consultants to do the designs for the new road.

The actual construction of the road is planned for 2018. – SAnews.gov.za

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