R43 Upgrade in Hermanus
The Department of Transport and Public Works and Jeffares & Green (Pty) Ltd embarked on a project to upgrade the R43 (TR28/1). This included the stretch from Sandbaai to Hermanus (Mimosa Street) and improvements to the intersections at Vermont and Onrus/Kidbrooke. Construction started on 11 August 2011 and should be completed by 8 August 2013.
The upgrade included the addition of turning lanes at the Vermont and Onrus/Kidbrooke intersections with new traffic signals constructed at Vermont.
Dualling Eases Traffic Flow
The Project Team started on the dualling section between Sandbaai and Mimosa Street later in the year as major services such as Telkom cables and water pipe lines had to be moved before the new carriageway could be constructed.
The dualling now accommodates two lanes of traffic in each direction, with the existing two-way road upgraded as a west-bound carriageway and two new lanes constructed for the new east-bound carriageway.
New features include:
- An upgraded storm water drainage taking the new carriageways into consideration.
- New street lighting was on the section of dualling.
- Upgraded traffic signals with particular attention paid to the pedestrian crossing at Mount Pleasant.
The R43 Upgrade Project reduced the traffic congestion in and out of Hermanus dramatically.
Of the R74 million spent on the project, the Department spent approximately R6 million on training and employing workers from the local Community.
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Read more on road infrastructure in the Western Cape:
- Lutzville-Vredendal Road Upgrade
- Reconstructed R46 - Trunk Road 22 and Main Road 305
- Rehabilitated Piesang Valley and Robberg Roads
- Media Release: Department Spending Millions to Improve Road Infrastructure
- Media Release: Reconstructed R46 Provides Much-needed Economic Injection.
- Media Release: Provincial Road to Get R277 Million Upgrade.
- Facilities: Regional Road Maintenance Offices.
- Services: Reporting the Condition of Roads.