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South Africa : Gauteng Roads and Transport on improving road infrastructure.

The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has since 2014, spent over R3 billion undertaking heavy and light rehabilitation of the road infrastructure along various corridors in the province.

This is in line with the Provincial Governments commitment to providing a world-class road infrastructure.

In the current financial year, the departments allocated budget is R6.8 billion with R1.9 billion specifically earmarked for transport infrastructure.

MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, said that the injection of funds into capital project is meant to facilitate improve mobility, promote economic growth and stimulate the development of small and emerging contractors. It also is aimed at maintaining the road network in a good condition so as to improve road safety.

The provincial roads maintenance grant is being effectively used to keep our network in good shape. Twelve major road rehabilitation projects such as the N12; the N14 and the R82 from Eikenhof to Walkerville have been completed. Work on the remaining section of the N14 is underway. Twenty five service providers have been appointed for routine outsourced maintenance, Vadi said.

As part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Plan, nine roads were rehabilitated as alternative routes to e-tolls.

Benefits to motorists include improved road user mobility; increased roadway capacity; reduced travel times; easy access to business, residential and agricultural estates, as well as improving general road safety. A number of interchanges along routes have also been improved.

The provincial department has a road network of 5 638 kilometres, with 1 388km being gravel roads. The network includes 676 bridges and 428 culverts. The total asset value of the network is calculated at R25.5 billion.

The latest Pavement Network Report shows that 71% of our surfaced roads are in a very good, good or fair condition showing an improvement on the previous report, Vadi explained.

Biennial bridge inspections are undertaken to ascertain their structural integrity and to carry out repairs as and when warranted.

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