Improved road projects to boost freight, people movement – MEC Mamabolo

Department of Roads and Transport 30/06/2020 - 07:45



Delivering the 2020/21 Department’s Budget Vote, MEC Jacob Mamabolo indicated that to improve efficiencies in the movement of people and goods, the province will need expand its road network.

“We need to expand the road network to connect new nodes and improve efficiencies in the movement of people and goods. These new links are expected to be equipped with an Intelligent Transport System integrated into other systems, forming a Smart City to Develop Class 1 (freeway) network, which forms the backbone of road-based mobility”.

The MEC also revealed that over the past year, the Department has spared no effort in fast tracking the establishment of its infrastructure planning house to bring under one roof all data relating to the performance of all projects, both capital expenditure and maintenance. 

He added that in this financial year, the Department will be upgrading the province’s major arteries namely the P158/2 (R28), N4, N3, R24 and the P156/1(R59).

As part of long term plans to improve province wide mobility, the Department has identified a number of freeways to be constructed in the short to medium term that includes the PWV9, PWV2, PWV5, PWV13, PWV15, PWV16, PWV17 and PWV3. In the short term, the Department will prioritize the construction of the PWV15 from the R21 to the N12 in the Aerotropolis area to support the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) midfield terminal, freight movement from the N3 and the Tambo-Springs terminal. This, it is expected, will also go a long way to support the development in Ekurhuleni’s light industrial sites.

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