The repairing and resealing of the R510, which runs from Rustenburg to the Limpopo border, has been completed.
“The road is now much more comfortable for drivers and safer for pedestrians,” says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).
“It has also brought considerable economic benefits to emerging contractors and suppliers in the area.”
The R142-million project started in November 2016.
A total of about R50-million was spent with local small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs) and more than 100 local jobs were created during the repair and reseal of the road.
The main purpose of the road improvement was the safety of all road users – motorists and pedestrians included, says Sanral project manager Nontobeko Mathenjwa.
The project involved the repairing and resealing of the pavement along 61 km of road, as well as the upgrading of three intersections.
Two intersections were improved by adding slip lanes and constructing bus bays. A raised pedestrian crossing at one of the three intersections was constructed to assist school children in crossing the road.
“The R510 connects the North West and Limpopo provinces and it is, therefore, critical for us to keep the road in a good condition,” says Mathenjwa.
“We also made the road safer by putting up new road signs and fixing the edge breaks and shoulders.
“Our mandate is to better South Africa,” adds Sanral regional manager Progress Hlahla.
“We can only achieve this by making sure that the country’s citizens are able to get around without a hassle. Their education and economic endeavours are dependent on good quality infrastructure. It goes without saying that we should provide opportunities for growth where we can. That is why we purposely involved local SMMEs in this project.