The Gauteng Provincial Government has launched an upgrade of D1944, a gravel road that link Gauteng and Limpopo, near Rust der Winter and Mkhombo Nature Reserve, north-east of Pretoria.
Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi said that the project is a full construction of over 11.5km of tarred road and the department has invested R158 million towards it.
“This project will provide for better economic linkages and mobility between Gauteng and Limpopo province and it is scheduled to be completed over the next 18 months,” MEC Vadi said.
The department said that the project is set to empower emerging sub-contractors and employment opportunities for the locals, particularly youth, women, and persons with disabilities.
MEC Vadi also said: “this road infrastructure investment is in support of the Gauteng Provincial Government’s development initiatives that seek to create jobs and integrate agricultural and tourism opportunities with transport corridors.”
He added that the construction will offer a developmental programme which provides training for those employed on the site and arranged Construction Education and Training Authority approved courses.
Furthermore, MEC Vadi said that the laying of tar on the gravel road will reduce travel time, allow for improved transportation of people, goods and services across the two provinces, as well as enhancing road safety and dust pollution along the route.
The department added that the main work items to be undertaken include the reconstruction of the road and culverts, the building of two bridges, the placing of road markings, signage as well as the erection of bus shelters along the route.