THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL ROADS AGENCY SOC LTD
23 July 2013
OF R24 THROUGH RUSTENBURG
Pretoria, 23 July
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
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
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