Roadworks begin between Malmesbury and Muishondrivier
The Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) has started periodic maintenance of Main Road 174 (MR174) between Malmesbury and Muishondrivier. This R47 million project is expected to be complete by July 2019, if everything goes according to plan. Periodic maintenance is required to ensure that the road does not deteriorate to the point where full rehabilitation is required.
MR174 forms part of the R45 that connects Saldanha with Villiersdorp via Vredenburg, Malmesbury and Paarl.
The road was last refurbished in 2004. Work will include the repair of cracks, patches and potholes; repair and realignment of guardrails; and shoulder rehabilitation. Surfacing will also take place at identified intersections; culverts will be cleaned out; and poor road signage will be replaced.
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 R7 million will be spent on targeted enterprises, and 13 000 person-days of work will be created for people from the Swartland Municipality 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.