R217.2m for Soweto road infrastructure projects
Following a consultative process with communities in the south of Johannesburg over the enhanced delivery of roads, the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Wednesday launched three road projects budgeted at a total cost of R217.2-million.
The first of the three projects, all of which would target roads in the southern Johannesburg district of Soweto, would entail an extensive upgrade of gravel roads, while the second project would involve the construction of a bridge in the eastern Soweto township of Naledi and the third project would focus on upgrading the area’s stormwater drains.
JRA expected to spend over R1.3-billion on upgrading gravel roads in the area.
Construction of the new Naledi bridge was aimed at “bridging the historical apartheid separation of two close and interlinked communities in Soweto”. The R50-million project started on June 10 and would be completed by September 2015, and 100 job opportunities would be created during construction.
Meanwhile, the third project would see the stormwater drains in Dobsonville Extension 3 in Region D’ s Ward 48 being upgraded at a cost of R6.2-million to reduce flooding in the area. About 40 job opportunities will be created by the end of the project.
By: Natalie Greve
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