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Roads

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... 

Eighty per cent of freeway improvement project completed

By: Dimakatso Motau     25th June 2010 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) reports that 80% of the first phase of road upgrades as part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) have been completed. 

JV completes package in time for World Cup

By: Dimakatso Motau     25th June 2010 The Siyavaya joint venture (JV) comprising construction companies Group Five, Liviero, Power Group, Bophelong and Umso, were awarded two contracts for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, which aims to upgrade and improve the capacity of the freeway network in Gauteng. 

Company extensively involved in the GFIP

25th June 2010 Civil engineering construction company Esorfranki Civils, formerly Patula Construction, which is part of the JSE-listed Esorfranki Group, was awarded the R174-million contract for the N4 freeway phase-one road upgrade.  

Giving value to aesthetics on Gauteng’s roads

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th December 2009 With the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) construction currently under way on the majority of the province’s roads, congestion, rubble and construction equipment may be creating the impression of an unattractive, grey mass of concrete along the freeways and interchanges. 

South Africa’s road network takes on a new look

11th December 2009 Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele says that the country is facing a R18,4-billion backlog with regards to the upkeep of the core national road network. In the provinces, there was a further R19,9-billion backlog, bringing the total to R38,3-billion. 

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. 

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