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Construction of R24 through Rustenburg

MEDIA RELEASE
issued by
THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL ROADS AGENCY SOC LTD
23 July 2013
CONSTRUCTION OF R24 THROUGH RUSTENBURG


Pretoria, 23 July 2013. The R24 is the main arterial between Rustenburg and Johannesburg.  This route was originally a provincial route but in September 2012 the section of the road stretching from the Gauteng/North West provincial border up to Rustenburg was proclaimed a national road. 

The R24 now falls under the jurisdiction of the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) and will be maintained and upgraded by SANRAL. This section  is part of a network of  1 500km of North West provincial roads that was incorporated into the SANRAL road network.

The economic growth experienced in and around Rustenburg has caused a huge increase in the amount of traffic.  This growth has been seen specifically along the section from the Waterfall Mall to the old Pretoria Road where long queues are the order of the day.  During peak traffic periods, it is not unusual to take up to 45 minutes to travel the 5km past the mall. It is difficult to cross the road at varying times of the day from south of the mall up to Oorsaak Road, where several businesses are situated next to the road, and worse still  during peak time traffic.  A number of fatal accidents have occurred on this stretch of the road. 

The North West province realised the importance of the R24 and in 2007 appointed consulting engineers for the design of a 12km long dual carriageway road from north of the Magaliesberg mountain up to the Marikana Road at Buiten Street.  Although all environmental and other approvals were obtained, a lack of funds prevented the construction of the new roads. When the R24 was proclaimed a national road in 2012, SANRAL immediately decided to proceed with the implementation and construction of the project.  The construction of any new road usually impacts on the traffic and can cause delays. In addition, the construction of the new road design means that  land needs to be acquired south of the N4 which may delay the construction works.  SANRAL therefore decided to divide the road upgrade into two contracts. 

The northern contract (see attached locality plan) commences at Helen Joseph Street and proceeds northwards over the N4 until Buiten Street.  For this section, the existing road will remain in place and a new carriageway will be constructed on its eastern side.  On completion, the new construction will form the southbound carriageway of the dual carriageway and the existing road will be converted to become the one direction northbound carriageway.  A new bridge adjacent to the existing one will be constructed over the N4 for the northbound carriageway. 

The existing road north of the N4 will be rehabilitated by removing the upper part of the road layers and replacing it with new asphalt surfacing.  This will have to be done by temporary closure of traffic lanes.  Between Helen Joseph and the entrance to the Waterfal Mall at Howick Avenue, the entire existing road will be reconstructed. 

A contractor for this northern contract has already been appointed.  Construction commenced in March 2013 and will be completed over a two year period.  SANRAL’s consulting engineers has a compliment of about 20 full time staff on site to monitor the quality of construction. 

SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused during the construction works and thanks road users for their patience. Users are further encouraged to adhere to the road traffic rules and reduce speeds where necessary. 

The planning and design of the southern contract from Helen Joseph Street to Oorsaak Road is still in progress.  Through public participation and discussions with land owners and businesses it was decided to implement traffic circles at intersections on this section of the road.  The circles are aimed at improving safety and will facilitate easier crossing of the road.  A land acquisition process will follow the planning, and must be completed for the road construction to commence.  It is expected that a contractor will be appointed in the second quarter of 2014 and that the construction period will be about 3 years. 

 
SANRAL is committed to the Government’s policy for Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment, community participation, training as well as the use and development of small, medium and micro enterprises, and will implement these through the contracts.



Issued by the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited
Email:
pressoffice@nra.co.za


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