The Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) has started a R182 million project to upgrade the portion of MR344 (R102) between Hartenbos and Groot-Brakrivier, as well as the portion of DR1578 between Tergniet and Wolwedans. The project is expected to have been completed by mid-2020.
The project is required as these roads have reached the end of their design lives. Work will include a roundabout at an intersection on the R102; repairs to bridge structures; and the upgrading of culverts and street lighting.
The project is expected to better accommodate the growth in traffic volumes experienced in the past and expected as a result of the increase in the number of residences in the immediate vicinity. It will also provide a continuously surfaced link between the communities of Wolwedans and Tergniet. This road carries high volumes of heavy vehicles that serve the industrial developments located along the road.
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 these roads.
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 R17 million will be spent on targeted enterprises, R3 million on targeted local labour, and 36 000 person-days of work will be created for people from the Mossel Bay municipal 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.