Roadworks begin on the R44 near Gordon’s Bay
The Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) has started periodic maintenance on the R44 between Rooi Els and Gordon’s Bay. This R59 million project is expected to have been completed in mid-2018.
The road was last refurbished in 1985. Because the road surface is severely cracked with surfacing failures, it has to be resurfaced. Ancillary elements such as stone walls, structures, and side drains also require repairs. The project will include crack sealing, patching, asphalt overlay, and repairs to culverts and gabions.
Half-width construction (involving the closure of one lane) will take place in sections with stop/ go controls to manage the flow of traffic. Motorists can expect a 15-minute waiting period at stop/ go points. DTPW is aware that delays are frustrating, but some inconvenience during construction is inevitable. Motorists will soon be able to enjoy a safer and more pleasant travelling experience on this road.
DTPW is committed to creating short-term Expanded Public Works Programme employment and skills training opportunities. During the course of this project, a total of R6,5 million will be spent on targeted enterprises and 5 000 person-days of work will be created for people from the Helderberg area.
The high-quality road infrastructure that DTPW provides is an important component of a safe and effective transport system, and an enabler of economic and social development in the Western Cape.