Roadworks delayed between Ashton and Montagu
A R650 million Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) roadworks project currently underway between Ashton and Montagu has been unavoidably delayed because Basil Read, the main contractor on the project, is in business rescue. An interim contractor will be appointed to manage the works until a project completion contractor can be appointed. The interim contractor will be appointed no later than the end of the first week of September 2018. The entire project is expected to be completed in July 2020.
DTPW is acutely aware of the impact of the project delay on subcontractors, workers, road users and local communities, and is taking urgent steps to remedy the situation. “This is not a case of simply appointing another contractor”, said Head of Department Jacqui Gooch. “The process of appointing a new contractor is a complex, legally regulated supply chain process that must take into account the impact on subcontractors and the community.”
“While it may seem that work is at a standstill, certain critical bridge and other works are currently being carried out and will continue through the appointment of the interim contractor. The entire construction site will be safeguarded until then,” she added.
Contract completion bidders will be required to have proven road and bridge construction experience. Financial due diligence assessments will be undertaken to minimise the risk of appointing a contractor who is unable to complete the project.
To date, approximately R31 million has been spent on targeted enterprises and approximately 80 000 person-days of work have been created.
DTPW regrets the extended and ongoing delays and disruption that the travelling public and residents along the route are experiencing. Every effort is being made to resume and complete the works as soon as possible.