Sanral has given the assurance that work on the N14 Kathu North traffic circle will be completed once a new contractor is appointed.
THE SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) has given the assurance that work on the N14 Kathu North traffic circle will be completed once a new contractor is appointed.
This follows protest action on the road earlier on Monday when the road was closed to traffic with burning tyres.
“Sanral notes the concerns about the delay in completing the traffic circles, by protesters who closed the road earlier today and also appreciates the efforts of SAPS and traffic law enforcement officers in reopening the road”, Randall Cable, Sanral Western Region manager, said.
The contract for the upgrade of the Kathu traffic circles was terminated in October 2019 due to the contractor failing to perform in accordance with the contract. The works were 70% complete at the time of termination.
Following an evaluation process of the outstanding works and the compilation of new tender documents (also taking into account delays caused by the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown), the tender was advertised for construction on September 11, 2020. The tender will close on October 9, 2020.
“We have put plans in place for the maintenance of the traffic accommodation on the site, to be managed by the current Routine Road Maintenance contractor responsible for these particular sections of the N14 and this arrangement will continue until a new contractor is appointed to complete the works,” explained Cable.
The awarding of the contract is anticipated to be done by February 2021 with the completion of the construction works earmarked for September 2021.
Sanral apologised for the inconvenience and stated that it remained committed to completing this project as soon as possible, and to ensuring a safer and improved road user experience for all.