Department and Municipality Officially open Blanco Road
The recently upgraded road on the R404 in Blanco, which connects the Herolds Bay area to George and surrounding areas, was officially opened by the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works and the George Municipality on 15 July 2015.
The estimated contract value is R105 million. The road was last refurbished in 1992, and carries well in excess of 3 500 vehicles per day, including 188 heavy vehicles. Construction covered a total 19.22 km and has included reseal and structural work, culvert extension, and even the construction of a new bridge.
The Department has created a significant amount of employment opportunities through the project. Over R8.2 million has been spent on local labour, with 38 983 person days of labour created and 25% taken up by women.
In addition, R2 million was spent on the appointment of a local emerging contractor.
Donald Grant, Minister of Transport and Public Works said the road will have far-reaching economic benefits for this region.
“With the project having now been completed, I am sure that many residents and businesses in the area will look forward to an improved and safer travelling experience,” he said.
Alderman Charles Standers, Executive Mayor of the George Municipality added that the upgrades improved the transport network in the region, as well as road traffic safety for local residents and tourists.
“This is indeed a reflection of a joint initiative to invest in a sustainable future, and to contribute to the growing economy and socio-economic development,” he said.
In keeping with its vision to lead in the delivery of government infrastructure and related services, the Department remains committed to deliver infrastructure and services to promote socio-economic outcomes and safe, empowered and connected communities.