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Road R511 - MEC Vadi launches R150 million project
MEC for Roads and Transport Dr Ismail Vadi has launched a R150 million road rehabilitation project on the R511 (William Nicol Extension), located north-west of Johannesburg. The project is expected to last eighteen months.
The route serves as a collector and distributor of traffic for rural areas and towns. MEC Vadi said “the R511 links Gauteng with the North West Province and serves as a major inter-provincial route from Midrand towards the neighbouring province”.
He added that a section of the road was rehabilitated some year ago while the current project will upgrade the remaining 12km of the road network linking it to the neighbouring province. This is expected to improve travelling times and ensure safety for road users, amongst them, cyclists and pedestrians.
 
The project entails, amongst others, the re-surfacing of the remaining Gauteng section of the road; construction of edge beams; reinstating of road markings and traffic signs; replacing or repairing of damaged guardrails; cleaning of road reserve and cutting overgrown grass; cleaning and repairing drainage structures; and constructing new drainage structures.
 
In addition, the project will see the construction of bus bays at selected intersections in support of public transport and passenger convenience.
 
MEC Vadi emphasized that the improved road will facilitate the stimulation of economic activities and trigger economic development between Gauteng and the North West province. “It will serve as a catalyst to equalize the distribution of wealth in the region as this is an important freight route”.
 
Affected communities along the route will be given preference in relation to sub-contracting and recruitment of labour with specific focus on women, youth and people living with disabilities.
 
Motorists can expect delays during the course of construction and the Department regrets the inconveniences caused.  
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