R24m upgrade for old Evaton road

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Pretoria – The Gauteng Department for Roads and Transport will repair the D904 road, which is also known as the old Evaton road, at a cost of R24 million.

“The 10-month project involves the rehabilitation of the existing roadway, cleaning and improving drainage structures, installing concrete edge beams at accesses, and improving safety features and road markings,” the department said.

On Tuesday, the Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, launched the road rehabilitation project in Evaton, Sedibeng, as part of the provincial October Transport Month campaign.

MEC Vadi said the road was in need of substantial repair as it had degraded over the years and posed a safety risk for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians travelling from Evaton to Emfuleni and Midvaal via the R82/Old Vereeniging Road.  

He said when the D904 is completed, it will improve travelling time and ensure road safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians using the route to get to work in Sebokeng and surrounding areas.

“The road serves as an important connector in the local economy, improving access to local markets and benefitting taxi operators, scholar transport vehicles and freight trucks travelling from Sebokeng to other parts of the Gauteng,” MEC Vadi said.

He said as part of the department’s efforts to create job opportunities, a big part of the construction work will be earmarked for local contractors utilising labour intensive methods. – SAnews.gov.za

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