SABC News - Contruction of N1 bridges in Limpopo delayed:Monday 20 March 2017

Contruction of N1 bridges in Limpopo delayed

Monday 20 March 2017 17:19

SABC

SANRAL has allocated the project R160 million

SANRAL has allocated the project R160 million(SABC)

The period for the construction of three bridges on the N1 at Matoks between Polokwane and Louis Trichardt has been extended by two months.

South African National Road Agency's (Sanral) project manager, Matshidisi Lethale says the contractor did not complete the project as planned in February.

Sanral has allocated the project R160 million.

Contractors awarded tenders by Sanral started re-constructing the N1 road in February 2017. They are busy with final construction.

The 1,7 kilometre road re-construction project includes three bridges at Matoks between Louis Trichardt and Polokwane.

The bridges are aimed at saving lives as pedestrians crossing the busy N1 road were knocked down.

Lethale says the contractor did not complete the project as planned in February due to increased earthworks.

In a statement, Lethale says the project was due for completion on the 3rd of February. The contract has now been extended to April 30.  

She says the delay was caused by many factors, including additional erosion protection, the lining of open canals and disruptions by the community.

The project created jobs for locals. Matoks Community Liaison Committee representative, Solly Mohale, says residents are satisfied as the project created permanent jobs.

“The community had good progress because we have managed to hire 300 people to this project.  January early we cut off about 220 people because the project is limited now the job is limited by now but we are very happy because other people from the community  went all out with the subs which come they hired our people for permanent jobs go with them we are very happy with that,” says Mohale.

Mohale says he’s also hopeful that the local residents will make use of the bridges for their safety.

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