Rehabilitation work on the P41/1 road near Nigel has been completed. The US$1.2mn project has restored the road for a further 15 years.
The rehabilitation works included resurfacing, repairing of edge breaks, clearing drainage systems and installing new road markings and safety measures.
Ismail Vadi, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport commissioned the project. According to Vadi, the upgrade has improved the link between Nigel/Springs and the N3.
The project has also provided a direct access to the newly-developed Gibela rail manufacturing factory at Dunnotar. The factory is scheduled to be opened later this year.
The road serviced the coal haulage sector in Gauteng. However, the road is expected to play a critical role in servicing the rail manufacturing industry. The project is in line with the Gauteng provincial government’s reindustrialisation strategy.
Local black-owned enterprises have also been empowered through the road project. Additionally, the project has been completed on time and on budget.
The road improvements will serve to stimulate the economic activities and trigger economic development between Gauteng and the North West province. It will also serve as a catalyst to equalise the distribution of wealth in the region as this is an important freight route.
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