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Roads rehabilitation in BCMM

Roads rehabilitation in BCMM

The City has been hard at work in a drive to invest in several multi-billion rand worth infrastructure projects, thereby turn the Buffalo City Metro into a construction site, is in full swing.

 Residents of Mdantsane are in for their share of development as the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality is announcing the commencing of a R117 million roads project starting next week.

Locals are advised that as from 03 October 2017 until the end of November 2017, the City will be rolling the improvement of Qumza Highway which involves rehabilitation and widening of Qumza Highway on both sides to a dual carriageway.

The road is currently 6.8 meters wide and will be upgraded to 16 meters wide with a barrier median.

The Qumza multi phased highway project, which started in October 2015 will see its phase 7 consisting of a construction of the section of the road between NU6 Mall main entrance to the Sasol Garage near Fort Jackson.

Motorists are advised to make use of alternative routes where possible and to exercise caution when travelling the work areas. (see map attached)

The project is estimated to create 50 employment opportunities to local community and local SMME’s will be used on the construction components. Projects of this nature also have economic spin offs as businesses are attracted by a smooth road infrastructure network.

Due to the narrow road, Qumza Highway has seen a high volume of head-on collisions and vehicle-pedestrian conflict. The section of road is being upgraded to alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety for road users.

Other factors of concern include the lack of pedestrian facilities, lack of signage, poor lighting, continued flooding of cross-culverts due to heavy rains, potholes due to the failing condition of the pavement structure and lack of intersection control during peak hours.

The overall project will see an extensive scope of work done that will take 18 months to complete. This work will include the following:

·         Accommodation of traffic by deviating on local parallel roads,

·         Removing of existing surfacing and layer works,

·         Relocation of existing minor services such as overhead electrical services, sewer and bulk water supply services.

·         Removal of pipe culverts.

·         Widening of the road prism.

·         Construction of minor earth retaining structures.

·         Installation of traffic signalization and street lighting

·         Installation of road furniture including guardrails and road traffic signage.

In recent months, the City has turned the Metro into a construction site investing in infrastructure projects like Fleet and Oxford streets; Quenera-Beacon Bay Link road at R70, 3 million, rehabilitating bridges in Beacon Bay and launching several bulk infrastructure projects that includes housing handovers, electrification of settlements, major treatment works like Umzonyana; Zwelitsha Water Treatment at R223 million; R200 pipe and water meter replacement program.



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