Upgrading Of Cape S Road Routes
UPGRADING strategic routes interconnecting South Africa's Northern Cape hinterland, Raubex Group entity, Roadmac Surfacing Cape (Roadmac) is pressing ahead on four major road projects for the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL).
Three of these contracts are on Route 27 (R27), starting at Calvinia and extending northwards beyond the town of Brandvlei. The total incremental distance is around 210km, split equally into approximately 70km portions that are running concurrently, requiring precise project planning and delivery. The scope of works on all sections entails the strengthening and widening of the existing road surface, plus a new reseal.
Roadmac started on the initial Calvinia section some 12 months ago, with the balance of the projects awarded in set phases. The middle and second section, awarded in October 2012, runs south from Brandvlei, whilst the third travels 70km north from Brandvlei to Verdoorst (Section 10) and commenced in May 2012.
Running parallel with these projects is a fourth SANRAL widening, repair and reseal contract on the N7 between the towns of Vanrhynsdorp and Bitterfontein (km 80.42), which commenced in August 2012.
Upgrades on the R27 cater for rising traffic volumes, particularly from heavy vehicles servicing industries that include salt and gypsum mines around Brandvlei.
The current road width along the R27 is 6m, which is widened by 1m on both sides to include a full width shoulder. The same design approach is being constructed by Roadmac on its N7 project.
"Our scope of work also includes the repair of failed sections using in-situ reclamation techniques," explains Dieter Rencken, Roadmac Surfacing Cape's contracts manager. (Roadmac forms part of Raubex Group Limited's Construction Division.) Sub-base layer works on both the shoulders and in-situ repairs are being cement stabilized.
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