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Roads

R1,16-billion 
contract for tolling system awarded

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2009 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced on Friday that it had awarded a R1,16-billion contract to the Electronic Toll Collection joint venture (ETC) for the implementation and operation of a multilane free-flow tolling system in Gauteng. 

Appropriately designed road networks key for 
development

By: Chanel de Bruyn     9th October 2009 An appropriately designed road network is key to the development of any nation, whether developed or developing, in order to ensure not only economic benefits, but also social and environmental benefits for both urban and rural areas, consulting engineering firm ARUP global infrastructure... 

SA aims to tackle transport challenges ahead of 2010

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th October 2009 The Department of Transport on Thursday stated that the FIFA organising committee had pointed out certain shortcomings with regard to transport, which had become apparent during the Confederations Cup. 

Western Cape national road rehabilitation 
under way

9th October 2009 Consulting engineers Vela VKE’s Cape Town office is supervising the construction of a high-profile project in the Western Cape for the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

 

Local company awarded 
bituminous road surfacing contract

By: Darren Parker     9th October 2009 Manufacturer of bituminous binders and speciality road surfacing products Colas South Africa has been awarded the contract for the supply of bituminous road surfacing products for 16 km of the R300 freeway between the N1 Swartklip interchange and the N2 Stellenberg interchange. 

Road building project 
stimulus for community growth

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2009 An environment-friendly road-building project in the iSimangaliso (formerly Greater St Lucia) wetland park is enhancing the area’s status as a natural World Heritage Site. 

Software enables 
efficiency in design

By: Amanda Strydom     9th October 2009 Design and engineering software company Autodesk Africa reports that its building information modelling (BIM) software AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 can enable engineers to complete more projects in less time with the same resources. 

Funding for future road expansions will be secured

By: Amanda Strydom     9th October 2009 Industry body the South African Federation for Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) is confident that funds for future road expansions will be secured. 

Loans approved for Malawi’s transport infrastructure projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2009 Malawi’s Parliament has given President Bingu wa Mutharika’s government the go-ahead to obtain loans totalling $75,1-million for the implementation of four transport infrastructure development projects. 

Widening works continue north of Johannesburg

9th October 2009 Consulting engineers SSI Engineers & Environmental Consultants is involved in the widening of the William Nicol bridge, a major junction in northern Johannesburg, which crosses the N1 highway. 

Gauteng gears up for open-road toll system 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th June 2009 Commuters from other South African provinces will be able to register for a day pass for the open road tolling system (ORT) to be implemented as part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). 

Safety, health and environmental management imperative for freeway upgrades

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th June 2009 Consulting engineering, environmetal and project management group SSI reports that its transportation sector has placed placed an emphasis on environmetal management, health and safety precautions as some of the most important factors of implementing the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). 

Gauteng intellgent transport system undergoes final testing

By: Fatima Gabru     12th December 2008 The infrastructure implementation of the 180-km areawide expansion to the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) on the Gauteng freeway improvement project (GFIP) has been completed, with final systems and site acceptance testing of devices currently being undertaken, says South African National... 

Commuter relief on the cards for mid-2009

By: Fatima Gabru     12th December 2008 The N1 between the R21 interchange and the Atterbury offramp of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), on which the Rigel avenue offramp is situated, will bring relief commuters when it is completed towards the middle of 2009, says South African National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral's)... 

Winelands roads project tender to be finalised

By: Fatima Gabru     12th December 2008 The tender documents for the upgrading, maintenance and operation of the national roads N1/N2 Winelands project in the Western Cape are currently being finalised, after sections of the road were declared as toll roads in September. 

Wild Coast highway project awaits public comment 

By: Fatima Gabru     12th December 2008 The draft environmental impact report (EIR) on the proposed N2 Wild Coast Toll highway through the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Eastern Cape provinces, is out on an eight-week public comment period until January 9, 2009. 

Construction company upgrades community infrastructure

By: Loni Prinsloo     10th October 2008 Civil engineering and construction company Protech Khutele has completed a full upgrade of roads and infrastructure worth R64-million in rural communities Katlehong and Rabie Ridge, in Gauteng. 

Stadium precint receives infrastructure upgrade

By: Fatima Gabru     10th October 2008 Effective communication amongst the concurrent projects building the Mbombela Stadium, and the road and infrastructure upgrading around it, is proving to be a challenge for contractors says engineering consultantants WSP SA Civil and Structural Engineers director Patrick Riley. 

Limpopo traffic control centre under construction

By: Fatima Gabru     10th October 2008 A 50:50 joint venture (JV) between engineers and environmental consultants SSI and structural and civil engineering firm Asch Consulting Engineers has commenced with a contract for the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) in the Limpopo Province. 

Smooth path for Gauteng freeway upgrades

By: Fatima Gabru     10th October 2008 The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Projects (GFIP) is underway without any unexpected challenges says South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) northern region manager of toll and traffic Alex Van Niekerk. 

Incentive inspires freeway upgrade contractors

By: Fatima Gabru     10th October 2008 An unconventionally structured joint venture (JV) that incentivises contractors to direct all available resources into a R1,5-billion project on the Gauteng Freeway improvement Projects (GFIP) is creating new benchmarks for smaller contractors to work towards. 

Tshwane road improvements under way

By: Fatima Gabru     10th October 2008 Multinational infrastructure consultant Africon is working on two significant road projects for the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). 

Busiest freeways in southern hemisphere

26th September 2008 Gauteng has some of the busiest freeways in the southern hemisphere. More than 400 km long, they serve 1,4-million people who travel 40-million vehicle kilometres and spend 600 000 person hours a day on the road. 

GFIP phase one gets the green light

By: Darren Parker     27th June 2008 Last month the Department of Transport, through the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral), awarded R11,9-billion worth of contracts for the initial phase of the Gauteng Freeways Improvement Project (GFIP). 

Road improvement project to take its toll on commuters

By: Darren Parker     27th June 2008 An open road toll (ORT) system, being implemented through the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral), is to finance road improvements and expansions that are currently under way in Gauteng. 

Joint ventures to tackle roadworks project

By: Darren Parker     27th June 2008 Diverse industrial services provider Basil Read announced in May that it has been awarded a contract, in conjunction with its joint venture (JV) partners, totalling more than R1,6-billion, for phase one of the Gauteng Freeways Improvements Project (GFIP). 

New program version improves roads construction, costs

12th October 2007 The Cement and Concrete Institute (C and CI) has launched a new version of its cncPave mechanistic computer program that makes concrete road construction more competitive and cost-effective. 

Soaring traffic loads make concrete roads more competitive

12th October 2007 Concrete roads, known as concrete pavements, are becoming increasingly competitive on the basis of both life cycle and costing, said South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli during the keynote address at the recent International Conference on Concrete Roads 2007 in... 

Minerals processing specialist launches new portable asphalt plants

12th October 2007 Bulk-materials handling and minerals processing specialist Osborn, of Johannesburg, has launched a new, low-cost plant for the production of hot-mix asphalt. 

Civil engineers upgrade road in R120-million project

By: Chanel de Bruyn     12th October 2007 Local civil engineering company Space Construction is currently working on a R120-million rehabilitation and upgrade of the N6 highway between Jamestown and Nek in the Eastern Cape. 

Asphalt manufacturer increases market share

By: Chanel de Bruyn     12th October 2007 KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) asphalt manufacturer and road paving contracting company Brisk Asphalt Surfacing has signed a supply agreement with supplier of premix asphalt, Much Asphalt, that allows the company to increase its market share and tender on specific road surfacing projects throughout South... 

Intelligent technology to tackle transport problems

By: Chanel de Bruyn     12th October 2007 Intelligent transport system (ITS) society ITS South Africa has established a centre of excellence and is hosting the fifth ITS South Africa international conference and exhibition in March 2009, in an effort to encourage the country to use global and locally developed technologies to make... 

Consulting engineers receive second road rehabilitation tender

By: Chanel de Bruyn     12th October 2007 The Bloemfontein office of consulting engineers Vela VKE has completed its contract for the completion of the rehabilitation of the N5 from the town of Paul Roux to Senekal. 

Freeway improvement scheme to create greater economic opportunities

By: Chanel de Bruyn     12th October 2007 The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Scheme (GFIS), which entails the upgrade and construction of about 500 km of roads in the region, aims to improve economic opportunities in the region, South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) marketing and communication project manager Wendy Watson... 

OR Tambo development programme progressing to schedule

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     30th March 2007 Construction relating to Airports Company South Africa’s (Acsa’s) R5,2-billion development plan for OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) is progressing according to schedule, says GM Chris Hlekane. 

Gauteng's rapid-rail project may embrace three more stations

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2007 The R25-billion Gautrain project may, in future, see three stations added to the current ten on the drawing board. 

Gautrain enters Joburg with a bang

By: Nelendhre Moodley     5th February 2007 Some 350 kg of explosives was used on Sunday in the demolition of a block of buildings in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, to make way for the construction of an underground parking area for the Gautrain rapid rail link at Park Station. The R25,1-billion Gautrain project involves the construction of a... 

High-tech weighbridge at Durban port improves efficiency, turnaround times

By: Nelendhre Moodley     31st January 2007 The South African Port Operations(Sapo) has installed a high-tech weighbridge facility that repositions the terminal as a �one-stop shop� at the Maydon Wharf terminal in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, the port operator said in a statement this week. 

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