The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL), wishes to confirm that work on the N14 Kathu North traffic circle will be completed once a new contractor is appointed.
“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 re-opening the road”, said Randall Cable, SANRAL Western Region Manager.
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 advertise for construction, on 11 September 2020. The tender will close on 9 October 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 apologises for the inconvenience and remains committed to complete this project as soon as possible, and to ensure a safer and improved road user experience for all.