INFRASTRUCTURE

Milestone for George IPTN

The new Thembalethu traffic circle on Nelson Mandela Boulevard in George
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Expert project management and effective collaboration with the George Municipality and project partners has helped a team of local engineers to deliver the new Thembalethu traffic circle on Nelson Mandela Boulevard in George on time and on budget.

Aurecon was engaged by the George Municipality to complete the planning, design, procurement and implementation of the construction of the major traffic circle located on Nelson Mandela Boulevard. The project team was also responsible for construction supervision and contract management on the project.

Working within strict construction timeframes and budgets, Project Leader, Marius Botha, cites integration of the new traffic circle and road within the existing, busy traffic network as a significant challenge. “Keeping local traffic moving and flowing consistently through the construction area was not easy but it was vital to ensure that the general public and local landowners were as unaffected as possible throughout this period,” Botha states.

During the construction period the project team also encountered uncontrolled fill in-situ in some areas. In response, the team excavated additional material and constructed a pioneer rock-fill layer as a basis for constructing the new road.

Working alongside contractor, RK Sauer Construction, the wider project team also included 18 local workers employed through the Expanded Public Works Programme principles. Aimed at reducing unemployment by stimulating local economies and improving skills through education and training, the labourers were employed for a total of 975 man days on the project.

The newly constructed traffic circle marks a major milestone for the R600 million the George Integrated Public Transport Network (GIPTN) programme funded by national and provincial roads departments aiming to provide efficient and reliable public transport access to all areas of the greater George Municipal area.

Botha comments: “We’re very proud to be involved in a community-focused project that will open the door to the people of the greater George Municipal area to more economic and social opportunities through the on-going improvement of the local transportation network.”

Jody Boshoff

 

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