Rehabilitation and Resurfacing Of R311 in Moorreesburg
The Department of Transport and Public Works started with the rehabilitating and resurfacing of Main Roads 230 and 231 in the Moorreesburg area.
The project will include the construction of storm water structures and the installation of road signs and road markings.
The estimated contract value is R178 million. The project is expected to be completed by early 2017, after which motorists will be able to enjoy a safer travelling experience. Over 2 000 vehicles travel daily on the R311 between the N7 and Moorreesburg, while over 800 vehicles travel daily on the R311 between Moorreesburg and the R45.
General Traffic Accommodation
Traffic accommodation will be by means of half width construction with a Stop/Go system during the day and a traffic light system at night. The length of the half width sections will be limited to 4 km with not less than 3 km sections in between. The speed limit on the roads will be reduced from 80 km/h to 60 km/h during the construction period.
Motorists can expect a number of delays and Moorreesburg residents may expect an increase in the town’s traffic flow. The contract stipulates that the contractor may not surface the road between May and August this year. The reason for this is a seal embargo during the winter period when temperatures are too low for resurfacing. Gravel bypasses at storm water structures may be slippery when wet.
Economic Impact and Job Creation
A significant amount of employment opportunities, quantified as 18 000 persons’ days, will be created for previously unemployed people located within the boundaries of Swartland Local Municipality (5% of the contract value). Twenty percent (20%) of the contract value will be allocated to contractor businesses within the Western Cape.