Road upgrades recommence this week

Road upgrades across town have recommenced this week, with Mission and Caledon Streets expected to be finalised by the end of February 2019.

The affected roads were opened for the holiday season since 14 December 2018 and will be periodically closed until completion.

George Municipality Director Civil Engineering Services, Regenald Wesso, said traffic impact should be significantly less for the remaining work. “We thank the public for their patience, especially when certain phases of the projects had unavoidable impact on traffic and access. We understand it is inconvenient and frustrating, and believe the completed roads will benefit all road users for years to come.”

The upgrades are necessary to ensure that roads on the GO GEORGE route can continue to handle the loads and frequency of bus and other heavy traffic and are being funded by the Western Cape Provincial and National Governments.

Caledon Street

The entire road is now on bitumen treated base (BTB) level, which means only the final asphalt layer, painting of road marks and repair to sidewalks and driveways remain. Minor works on kerbing are currently underway while the contractor is awaiting the BTB layer test results, which will determine when the final asphalt layer will we placed.

The road will be subjected to traffic control when the final layer of asphalt is placed, which should take a day or two from about 8am on the day. Please look out for communication in this regard on local media channels.

After the final layer of asphalt has cured, road markings will be repainted.

Except for rebuilding sidewalks and repairs to driveways, which will continue for a few weeks, the Caledon Street project is expected to be, weather-permitting, complete by middle February 2019.

Please note Caledon Street is currently still considered a construction site and as such, the road, manholes and kerb levels are still different. Please exercise care and caution always.

Project enquiries: HilLand Environmental 044 889 0229

Mission Street

Half of the Mission Street roadworks in Rosemore is complete and the other half well on its way to completion. The road remains closed, except for residents and access to George High School. Except for rebuilding sidewalks and repairs to driveways, which will continue for a few weeks, the Mission Street project is expected to be, weather-permitting, complete by the end of February 2019.

Project enquiries: HilLand Environmental 044 889 0229

Merriman Street

Upgrades to Merriman Street, between Hibernia Street and Nelson Mandela Boulevard (formerly Albert Street), recommence today. In addition to temporary street closures, municipal services such as water and electricity may be temporarily disrupted during the relocation of various existing underground services.

Work comprise the construction of new sidewalks, kerbs, road layer works and asphalt surfacing. Weather and situation-depending, the project should be completed in July 2019.

Construction will mean full time closure of the road in half widths for the duration of the contract, as well as full road closure of sections of the road at times. Half lane closures start today (18 January 2019) and full lane closures from Wednesday, 23 January 2019.

Half lane closures mean access to and from properties are possible, but limited and one way direction traffic will be implemented.

Full lane closures will apply from 8am to 5pm on such days and mean that no vehicle access to or from properties in the section of closure will be possible during the day. Road users must find alternative parking and access properties on foot.

Please pay careful attention to temporary road signage and strictly adhere to street direction signs for the safety of all road users.

Project enquiries: Alewijn Dippenaar 082 457 5675

Mall street

Upgrades to the access road to the Garden Route Mall and Eden Meander should commence in March 2019.

Details hereof will be available nearer the time.

“The George municipality apologises for the inconvenience and appeals to road users to be patient and exercise cation during the upgrades. Please look out for and adhere to temporary road signage and roadworks personnel,” said Mr Wesso.

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