Good progress with roadworks near Groot-Brakrivier
Good progress is being made with a Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) project to upgrade the portion of MR344 (R102) between Hartenbos and Groot-Brakrivier, as well as the portion of DR1578 between Tergniet and Wolwedans. This R182 million project started in January 2018 and is expected to be completed by mid-2020.
There are currently seven areas where work is being undertaken:
- Upgrading of the road from Monte Christo intersection to the Klein-Brakrivier Bridge.
- Upgrading of the road through Riverside Village.
- Construction of a concrete culvert at Riverside Village.
- Upgrading of the MR344 (R102) between Impala road intersection and DR1578 at Tergniet (road is currently closed).
- Upgrading of the MR344 (R102) between Tergniet and Groot-Brakrivier.
- Construction of the roundabout at Groot-Brakrivier.
- Upgrading of DR1578 from Tergniet to the Amy Searle Street.
Half-width construction (involving the closure of one lane) will take place in sections with stop/ go controls to manage the flow of traffic. There are currently four stop/ go control points.
MR344 (R102) at the Monte Christo intersection
This is a daytime control point that allows access to Swan’s Nursery in the section under half-width construction. Because the volume of traffic is low, there are minimal delays.
This is a 24-hour control point that controls traffic through Riverside while the road is under construction. The waiting period here is about 5 minutes.
MR344 (R102) between Tergniet and Groot-Brakrivier
This is a three-way, 24-hour control point to manage traffic between Tergniet and the entrance to the Total fuel station. The waiting period at this control point is usually about 5 minutes, but may be longer when construction equipment is being moved.
DR1578 between Reebokstene and Amy Searle Street
This is a three-way, 24-hour control point with a waiting time of about 5 minutes.
DTPW is committed to creating short-term Expanded Public Works Programme employment and skills training opportunities. To date, R3,2 million has been spent on targeted enterprises, and 10 799 person-days of work has been created for people from the Mossel Bay municipal area.