SANRAL is taking measures to complete construction work after it became known that the primary contractor, Basil Read, filed for business rescue.
The South African National Roads Agency (SOC) Limited (SANRAL) is taking alternative steps to ensure the construction of the Polokwane Ring Road is completed as early as possible.
Plans are also in place to minimise traffic disruptions on the section of the N1 between the Shell Ultra City and the R71 (Tzaneen Road), and ensure the safety of commuters travelling on the national road south of Polokwane.
Progress Hlahla, the Regional Manager of SANRAL’s Northern Region, said certain measures had to be taken to complete construction work after it became known that the primary contractor, Basil Read, filed for business rescue.
The original expectation was that Basil Read might be able to get its finances back on track and resume work on the second phase of the Polokwane Eastern Ring Road. It has since become clear that this will not be achieved.
Hlahla said there are two alternatives open for SANRAL.
The roads agency is in discussion with the contractor’s insurance company to find another suitably qualified and experience contractor who could complete the works on behalf of Basil Read.
SANRAL will also try to ensure that any new contractor would continue with the labour and SMME companies involved in the project.
If this process is successful work can recommence in the second quarter of 2019 and current estimates are that it can then be completed within 15 months of resumption.
The alternative option requires SANRAL to call for formal tenders for the completion of the outstanding work.
This tender process will take at least six months to be drafted, advertised, evaluated and awarded.
SANRAL is aware that the suspension of the project has created disruption to traffic and inconveniences for road users.
“The plans we are putting in place are designed to address the problem quickly and ensure work can continue at the earliest possible stage,” said Hlahla.
Safety assessment are done on a regular basis and measures will be implemented to ensure the safety and convenience of all road users, including motorists and pedestrians.