Roadworks begin between Holgaten, Oudtshoorn and Uniondale
The Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) has started a project to improve and reseal 16,5 km of Trunk Road 75 section 1 (TR75/1) between Holgaten and Oudtshoorn, and to reseal 6,7 km of Trunk Road 1 section 2 (TR1/2) between Holgaten and Uniondale. This R56 million project is expected to be complete towards the end of 2019, if everything goes according to plan.
TR75/1, which was last refurbished in 2003, is a major north-south link between Oudtshoorn and George. It serves the N12/R62 route to the Southern Cape. TR1/2 is a major west-east link between Holgaten and Uniondale. It serves the N9/R62 route to the Southern Cape.
Work on TR75/1and TR1/2 includes patch repairs to the existing pavement, shoulder reinstatement, general maintenance of major structures, and resurfacing. Auxiliary lanes will also be constructed at certain locations along TR75/1.
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.
The contract makes provision for 15 000 person-days of work to be allocated to local targeted labour. The project includes training for local labourers in various road construction skills, as well as life skills training. The contract also makes provision that at least 30% of the value of the contract be allocated to the procurement of goods and services from targeted enterprises.
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.