R440 million invested in road construction

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Gauteng Provincial Government will invest R440 million on a road construction project on the K54 (Tsamaya Road) in Mamelodi, Tshwane east.

“It includes constructing a northbound dual carriageway, two bridges over the railway line, cycle and pedestrian paths as well as taxi lay-bys,” Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi said.

Tsamaya road is one of the busiest arterial routes in the township.

MEC Vadi was on Wednesday speaking during the launch of the project 

Other works include resurfacing the section leading to the N4 freeway, application of road markings and the installation of traffic signals.

MEC Vadi said that upon completion the road will serve as an important link between Mamelodi and the N4 freeway and act as an alternative to Moloto Road.

It will also improve road safety in the township.

 He emphasised that the K54 will function as a catalyst for the stimulation of the socio-economic development in Mamelodi and surrounding areas through the provision of a modern road network.

“The provincial road and transport department is wholly committed to providing training, skills development and empowering local contractors. The project will see the main contractor sub-contracting work to local Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs),” MEC Vadi said.

He said that township communities should be beneficiaries through the various employment, training and sub-contracting opportunities, particularly for women, youth and people with disabilities that the project afforded.

The department has appealed to motorists in the area to exercise caution during the construction period, which is expected to take 30 months. –SAnews.gov.za

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