Roadworks begin between Vredenburg and Paternoster
The Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) has started rehabilitating Main Road 240 between Vredenburg and Paternoster. This R104 million project is expected to be complete in March 2020, if everything goes according to plan.
The MR240, which was last refurbished in 2004, is the only surfaced road to Paternoster. During weekends and holidays, it carries high volumes of traffic. Work includes the rehabilitation of pavement layers, the improvement of drainage systems, and improvement of road signs and marking. All culverts on this section of road 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 employment and skills training opportunities. During the course of this project, a total of R23,7 million will be spent on targeted enterprises, and 15 000 person-days of work will be created for people from Vredenburg and Paternoster.
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.