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Roads

Roads classification in accordance with national policy

By: Jonathan Rodin     1st November 2013 The eThekwini municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, has upgraded its road classification database to comply with national policy through a R9.5-million project undertaken by engineering and development consultant SMEC South Africa.  

E-tolling in full effect by end of 2013

By: Jonathan Rodin     1st November 2013 The e-tolling system is complete and is expected to be fully operatioal by the end of the year, says the South African parastatal responsible for the management, maintenance and development of South Africa's national road network the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). 

Company looks to secure next phase of toll road

By: Jonathan Rodin     1st November 2013 Concor Roads & Earthworks, an operating division of South African construction contractor Murray & Roberts Construction, is hoping to secure the next phase of the Bakwena toll concession, expected to start in January 2014, reports Concor Roads & Earthworks MD Eric Wisse. 

Mine access road on track

By: Jonathan Rodin     1st November 2013 Construction company Basil Read has completed 60% of an access road to the second-largest uranium mine in the world, Husab mine, in Namibia, reports Basil Read MD Dave Bennett. 

Flagship project almost complete

By: Jonathan Rodin     1st November 2013 The rehabilitation of the N12 concrete highway near Witbank, in Gauteng, is about 90% complete owing to the high quality of products chosen by subcontractor KP Projects site supervisor Darin Phillips. 

R637m road rehabilitation project under way

1st November 2013 The the rehabilitation project of a section of national road R23, between Standerton and Greylingstad, in Mpumalanga, is 8% completed and expected to be complete in June 2016, says Roadcrete Africa, a 100% subsidiary of construction and engineering group Basil Read. 

Sanral emphasises a shared vision

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd November 2012 South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli emphasised the importance of citizens, State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and government having a shared vision about the future of infrastructure development in the country at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s... 

Rockfall barriers to promote road safety

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd November 2012 As climate change continues to affect the environment, there is a constant need to mitigate the impact of unexpected natural disasters such as rockfalls that damage infrastructure.  

Transshipment hubs to reduce poverty

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd November 2012 If African countries are to reach the levels of economic growth needed to reduce poverty in a sustainable manner, increased levels of public and private investment must take place in strategic productive sectors, states technical specialist firm Arup. 

Better road infrastructure could improve business opportunities

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd November 2012 Logistics company Dachser South Africa believes that, when government sets out to upgrade the roads, it should look at those that will improve business opportunities and, in turn, attract investment. 

Concrete an alternative to bitumen in road construction

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd November 2012 As bitumen shortages continue to impact on the road construction industry, construction company Basil Read believes the use of concrete is a viable alternative construction material that offers long-term benefits. 

R1.2bn N2/26 freeway expansion under way

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd November 2012 The second phase of the South African National Roads Agency’s R1.2-billion N2/26 freeway expansion project is currently out on tender, reports engineering and consultancy firm Vela VKE, which is involved in the design of the project. 

Construction group forging ahead despite unstable market

By: Celest Smith     9th December 2011 A shortage of new road construction contracts is forcing companies to tender at very low profit margins and take on high risk projects, asserts JSE-listed construction group Basil Read roads division MD Dave Bennett. He explains that the multiple challenges facing the road construction industry,... 

Rotary mixer at work on N12 expansion project

9th December 2011 The N12 highway is one of the South African National Roads Agency’s strategic priorities and it is here that civil engineering contractor Raubex Construction has been awarded the task of implementing a complete overhaul on Section 19 of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. 

Lighting the way for the GFIP 

By: Celest Smith     9th December 2011 Technical lighting manufacturer and distributor Beka has an ongoing R25-million contract with the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to supply luminaires to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). 

Subcontractor provides security solution to N17 toll project

9th December 2011 When toll specialist company Tollink was commissioned to provide the technology for extending the N17 toll project from Brakpan to Ermelo with three new plazas, starting with the Leandra plaza, it approached security firm Jasco Security Solutions and its Jasco-inspired brand Multivid to provide... 

Construction firm awarded road rehabilitation contract

7th October 2011 Construction specialists Concor Roads & Earthworks has been awarded a contract by the South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) for the rehabilitation of 31 km of the N2 from the Ngcweleni river to Brookes Nek, in the Eastern Cape. 

Daveyton N12/Alliance road interchange project under way

7th October 2011 The development of infrastructure in the Daveyton area on the East Rand is looking promising with the planned construction of the N12/Alliance road interchange.  

R400m roads contract to be completed end-2013

7th October 2011 Geotechnical and civil engineering contractors Esorfranki Civils has been awarded a contract worth about R400-million to upgrade further sections of the N4 in the North West province. 

Consulting firm forging ahead with green roads

By: Celest Smith     7th October 2011 Engineering and environmental consultancy SSI is considering using the N3 Pietermaritzburg bypass project, as a pilot project for possible inclusion in a future Green roads-rating system.  

Equipment specialist expands road building machinery range

7th October 2011 Equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment is increasing its Bomag product offering to include the Bomag MPH 125 soil stabiliser and asphalt recycler, as well as the Bomag BF 600 paver or finisher, in its drive to become a one-stop shop, particularly in the field of road construction and rehabilitation. 

Specially designed tools assist in road repairs

7th October 2011 Specially designed for Cat backhoe loaders and skid steers, equipment specialist Caterpillar’s comprehensive range of road maintenance attachments offer machine functionality beyond conventional materials handling applications.  

Safety barriers supplied on ongoing basis

7th October 2011 Local engineering specialist Andrew Mentis is supplying its Mentrail guardrail on an ongoing basis for all highways in Gauteng.  

Industry body supports tolling 

7th October 2011 Road industry organisation the South African Road Federation (SARF) says that toll roads are a legitimate form of raising funds for road building, placing the cost on the user rather than the taxpayer. 

Empire road BRT system completed

7th October 2011 The bus rapid transport (BRT) project on Empire road, in Johannesburg, which has been in progress since January 2008 was completed in August.  

Roads agency boosts skills transfer, job creation in the Karoo

7th October 2011 The rehabilitation of a 25.6 km stretch of the N1 between Dwyka river and Weltevrede, in the Central Karoo district of the Western Cape, commissioned in April 2009 by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and completed in March this year, has helped to establish Kerneels... 

Ultra thin reinforced concrete paving the way for road construction

7th October 2011 Thin concrete pavement technology is increasingly proving to be a solution for the problems South Africa is facing in terms of provincial and urban road rehabilitation and surfacing, says consulting engineering firm Masango & Brink Consulting Engineers.  

R300m tender for N1 construction and rehabilitation

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd December 2010 Civil engineering and construction group Basil Read’s roads division has been awarded a R300-million contract for the construction and rehabilitation of the N1 from Fonteintjie to Wurasoord, which is about 50 km from Bloemfontein on the N1 towards Colesberg, in the Free State. The 24-month... 

Over one-million tons of asphalt for GFIP

3rd December 2010 Hot and cold asphalt manufacturer Much Asphalt supplied over 1,1-million tons of asphalt over 30 months, ending in October, to the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). When the company completes its supply contracts for the GFIP in September... 

Infrastructure development for road safety

3rd December 2010 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has implemented infrastructural changes and improvements that are designed to increase road safety for road users and pedestrians. 

“All of these projects benefit businesses, subcontractors and labour in surrounding communities, and Sanral... 

South Africa’s secondary road network key

3rd December 2010 With rural freight expected to exhibit strong growth, South Africa’s secondary road network, which, according to the sixth ‘State of Logistics’ survey, is generally in an inadequate condition and not maintained as required, and the improvement of rural services must be an investment priority,... 

Freeway 
improvement ahead of schedule

By: Tracy Hancock     8th October 2010 Engineering and environmental consultants SSI GM transport Duncan Mason says that the company will complete its work on N1 14th Avenue to Buccleuch interchanges, part of South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), by the end of November,... 

Upgrades to Gauteng’s highways progressing well

By: Jessica Hannah     8th October 2010 The first 16 contracts for most of the major highways, part of the first phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), are expected to be complete by April or May 2011, the South African Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) tells Engineering News. 

Ultrathin continuously 
reinforced concrete 
pavement makes 
engineering history

8th October 2010 An ultrathin continuously reinforced concrete pavement has made engineering history by being the first large-scale application of such a pavement in the world, which has been placed on a 4,3-km long section of the truck crawler lane on the N1, near the Huguenot Tunnel, in the Western Cape. 

Much to be done on provincial, municipal roads

By: Jessica Hannah     8th October 2010 Road construction and rehabilitation company Raubex feels that, while there are a lot of road improvement projects under way at a national level, there is still a lot of work to be done on provincial and municipal roads. 

Section of road rehabilitation project complete

8th October 2010 Civil and structural engineers WSP reports that it has just completed a 20- km section of one of the biggest road rehabilitation projects to have been
awarded by the Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport.
The R315-million project entailed the rehabilitation of a section of route... 

R1,4bn for rural road development

By: Jessica Hannah     8th October 2010 The Department of Transport (DoT) tells Engineering News that it remains committed to supporting and monitoring the implementation of rural road development programmes by the provinces.  

Construction project boosts economy through job creation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2010 Civil engineering and construction group Basil Read CEO Marius Heyns tells Engineering News that the construction giant has played a key role in developing Gauteng's freeways through the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), which has contributed to growing South Africa's economy through... 

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