Mpuma's new road signs to ease confusion for 2010 visitors

Monday, March 9, 2009

Nelspruit - Mpumalanga's new road signs, which forms part of the province's R160 million upgrade of roads, is to ease confusion for visitors during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

"The road signage revamp projects on major roads such as the N4 started earlier this year and will be complete by April," said Ntime Skhosana, spokesperson for Mpumalanga Premier Thabang Makwetla.

He added that the upgrading of roads in the province is expected to be completed by March 2010.

"Most of these upgrades are expected to take place around Nelspruit where the construction of the Mbombela stadium is currently underway," he said.

Mbombela municipality spokesperson Bessie Pienaar said certain roads in and around Nelspruit are being widened to enable high occupancy vehicles to occupy one of the three lanes for easier traffic flow.

The sections of the R40 being worked on include the Lydenburg and Sabie intersections, and the old Pretoria Road and Bosch Street intersection.

She said five bridges in and around Nelspruit will also be widened, the old railway bridge, Spruit culvert bridge, Bosch Street bridge, the Canal bridge and the Crocodile River bridge.

As more construction takes place, she said, motorists should expect major disruptions.

"Motorists are advised to slow down and drive carefully while travelling through construction areas."

She said the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has made R11 million available for traffic law enforcement during the construction period.

"A portion of that money will be used for the administration of public participation, marketing and awareness," she said.

GEF is a global partnership of about 178 countries and includes governmental bodies, non-governmental institutions and the private sector. GEF aims to address global environmental issues while supporting sustainable development initiatives.

Established in 1991, it helps developing countries fund projects that protect the global environment.

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