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Now that construction has begun, we need a designated project section for updates, photos, maps, plans and the like.

Phase 1 has started Indicated in Green on the map...

Works Overview
Seven new contracts for the GFIP were awarded to the following contractors:

Work Package A (18km): Siyavaya (JV Members: Group 5, Power Construction, Liviero, Umso Construction, Bophelong Construction)

• N1 section 20 between Golden Highway and 14th Avenue – 17 km;
• N12 section 18 between the Diepkloof Interchange and the M1 Interchange – 1km

Work Package B (21km): GFI Contractors Joint Venture (JV Members: WBHO, Sanyati Construction, Rainbow Construction, Glash Construction, Munasi Civil Contractors, Patula Construction)

• N1 Section 20 between 14th Avenue and Buccleuch Interchanges

Work Package C (23km): GLMB Joint Venture (JV Members: Aveng (Africa), Moseme Road Construction, Boitshoko Road Surfacing)

• N1 Section 20 & 21 between Buccleuch and Brakfontein Interchanges;

Work Package D (15km): Basil Read Joint Venture (JV Members: Basil Read, Roadcrete Africa, Dip Civils)

• N1 Section 21 between Brakfontein and the R21 Interchanges – 10 km;
• N1 Section 21 between the Atterbury and Proefplaas (N4) interchanges – 5 km

Work Package E (16km): Siyavaya (JV Members: Group 5, Power Construction, Liviero, Umso Construction, Bophelong Construction)

• N3 Section 12 between Old Barn (Heidelburg rd) and Geldenhuys (M2) Interchanges – 12 km
• N12 Section 18 between Reading (R59) and Elands (N3) interchanges – 4 km

Work Package F (17,6 km): GLMB Joint Venture (JV Members: Aveng (Africa), Moseme Road Construction, Boitshoko Road Surfacing)

• N3 Section 12 between Geldenhuys (M2) and Buccleuch Interchanges

Upgrade of the N12: Gilloolys to R21 (10km): CMC Joint Venture (JV Members: CMC di Ravenna (SA), G4 Civils)

• N12 Section 19 between the N3 (Gilloolys Interchange) and the R21 Interchanges – 10 km
• Works on the N3 Section 12 between the N12 (Gilloolys Interchange) and Modderfontein Interchange – (Partial upgrading)


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N3 detours for Gautrain

June 25 2008

Traffic on the N3 highway will be diverted at Marlboro Bridge in July because of Gautrain construction, the Bombela Concession Company announced on Wednesday.

The deviations on the north- and south-bound carriageways marked the start of work on the line's split to OR Tambo International Airport and Midrand, it said.

Cut and cover structures enabling the Gautrain to safely cross beneath the N3 would be built in two phases over about 12 months.

In the first phase a temporary three-lane road under the Marlboro Bridge would carry northbound traffic while a structure was built beneath the existing northbound lanes.

This arrangement would remain in place during the second phase, which would involve the reinstatement of the northbound carriageway to carry southbound traffic during construction underneath the existing southbound lanes.

"Traffic flow will remain partially affected with visible signage deviating traffic and enforcement of speed limit restrictions during the duration of construction in this area," Bombela said.

It assured motorists that traffic elsewhere on the N3 would not be affected. - Sapa

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R11,5bn Gauteng roads project to help keep SA’s economic hub on growth path

South African Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe, on Tuesday celebrated the start of construction of the recently awarded R11,5-billion contracts for the first phase of South African National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral's) Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), by participating in a sod-turning ceremony in Johannesburg.

Sanral had, in May, awarded seven contracts to five joint-venture firms that would upgrade a number of highways around Gauteng to add additional lanes and improve interchanges.

"I have said on numerous occasions that roads are the veins and arteries of our country's economy. The congestion on the freeways around Gauteng are inhibiting economic growth and development, and this heart bypass for Gauteng will enable the economic hub of the sub-continent to grow without the hindrance of poor traffic management," commented Radebe.

He added that the GFIP would change the face of roads, not only in Gauteng, but also in the whole of South Africa. He said that the country's road infrastructure had suffered a lot owing to underinvestment and that government had identified road infrastructure as one of its major priorities.

Radebe said Cabinet had subsequently approved a document called the Road Infrastructure Framework for South Africa, which was a blueprint for the planning, development and maintenance of the country's road network.

Government had also set aside R70-billion for the road infrastructure across all spheres of government. The R11,5-billion for the first phase of the GFIP formed part of this.

Sanral said that the GFIP would contribute R14,2-billion to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2008, and R15,3-billion in 2009, while it would also contribute R6,3-billion to the Gauteng Gross Geographic Product for 2008, and R6,7-billion in 2009.

Further, the project would create about 29 300 direct employment opportunities and 138 900 indirect employment opportunities, mostly in the low-income brackets, during the construction period.

After construction, the project would create about 1 800 direct and 9 200 indirect job opportunities.

Radebe added that a skills transfer would take place during the construction phase, which would ensure that construction workers gained more experience and learned more about their business, as well as providing them with more opportunities in the work force after the construction had been completed.

He said that 41% of the total contract expenditure for the first phase of the GFIP, or R3,7-billion, would benefit small, medium-sized and micro enterprises and black economic-empowerment firms.

The construction of the first phase of the project was expected to be substantially complete by May 2010, before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Sanral CEO Nazir Alli commented that Sanral was confident the contracting firms would deliver on time.

Meanwhile, at the end of 2010, these upgraded roads would be tolled, with a method called Open Road Tolling. High Occupancy Vehicle lanes would also be used to encourage people to make use of public transport or share transport.

"South Africans still live by the concept of one person, one vehicle and we can no longer afford to do that. We must encourage a change in mindset and use public transport or share vehicles," Radebe said.

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
From Engineering News

Balancing traffic flow and construction is big challenge on Gauteng freeway upgrade
Caption: NO PAIN, NO GAIN This was the first GFIP contract out of the starting blocks. Seen here is the N1 cutting through Pretoria east - PIC BY DUANE
Picture by: DUANE

It’s not the construction of several new bridges, nor the country’s chronic skills shortage which will be the biggest headache during the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), but managing the traffic on these congested roads during construction, says Grinaker-LTA MD Neil Cloete.

“Traffic control is a big issue. All contract packages are starting at the same time, and traffic will be affected at all ends.
“We’ll try to keep the public informed, notifying them where we will be working. Of course, safety is also a priority.”

Cloete adds that the “mechanics of the project is nothing we haven’t done before”.

Motorists on Gauteng highways will start feeling the effects of the GFIP in the first week in August, when actual construction will start on the large-scale project to upgrade and expand the province’s main arteries.

Grinaker-LTA is the lead partner in the GLMB joint venture, with its partners being two medium-sized empowerment construction companies, namely Moseme Road Construction and Boitshoko Road Surfacing & Civil Works.

This joint venture is responsible for two contract packages in the first phase of the R11,5-billion GFIP, namely the section of highway between the Geldenhuys interchange and the Buccleuch interchange on the N1 (package F), and the stretch of road between Buccleuch and the Brakfontein interchange on the N1 (package C).

“It’s over R3-billion of work for us,” says Cloete.

These sections of road will offer some of the more challenging work within the GFIP, as they will, for example, see the demolition of the Allandale bridge, and the construction of three new bridges at this notoriously congested on- and off-ramp, while traffic is still expected to flow between Tshwane and Johannesburg.

Grinaker-LTA roads and earthworks director Abdool Shaikh says package C will make use of a labour force of about 800 people, and package F of about 500 people.

Both packages will also require engineering and management teams of about 80 people each.
About 30% of these numbers are new job opportunities.

“We have recruited people, and we still have to recruit some more.

“We believe we will fill the quota in South Africa.”

Shaikh says Grinaker-LTA has recruited several newly graduated engineers, fresh from universities and technikons.
“It doesn’t help you to poach from other firms – we’re all short on skilled people. It’s better to take new people and train them up.”

Shaikh says the GLMB project teams will work 24 hours a day, six days a week to meet the major works deadline of May 28, 2010.

“After this, there is an embargo on all significant roadworks in Gauteng until mid-July, due to the start of the soccer World Cup.”

Shaikh says he is reasonably confident of cement supply for the duration of the project, but adds that steel supply is “anyone’s guess”.

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
From The Star

Prepare for congestion on Joburg highways
21 July 2008, 11:10
Road-widening will be intensifying on the N1 highway, between the Rivonia and the 14th Avenue exits, for the next few weeks.

Road users will have noticed that markings have been stripped and the highway is being re-marked, with additional lanes been added.

The project manager of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, Alex van Niekerk, told me this was all preparation work ahead of the major refurbishments that are to get under way next month.

He said the road was being widened and additional lanes were being added to help with traffic flow when construction begins.

There are no emergency lanes on some parts of this section of the N1, which can be very dangerous if one breaks down on the route.

The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project has contracted towing companies to come to motorists' assistance should there be any breakdowns on the highway.

The route is being monitored by CCTV cameras, and tow trucks will be alerted immediately and dispatched if there are any problems.

If you have a problem with your vehicle, just pull over to the far left or right shoulder and a tow truck will come to your assistance. But please be very careful as this is a very dangerous road.

Make sure that your hazards are on and that you are very visible if you break down.

In the next two weeks, construction crews will move on site to add new bridges and exits near Allandale Road on the N1.

This is where the biggest traffic jams are going to take place, and congestion is going to get worse in the coming weeks.

Another area to avoid is the Buccleuch interchange, as this will be badly affected. As an alternative, use Pretoria Main Road past Kelvin and Buccleuch, which eventually becomes the K101, running parallel to the highway.

Once you are in Midrand, you can access the N1 at the New Road on-ramp. The R55 through Woodmead and Kyalami will also save you some time..

In Bedfordview, roadworks on the N3 South are to start today between 8pm and 5am, and should be complete by Thursday. The highway will be reduced to two lanes and the speed limit has been cut to 80km/h. Traffic will be slow overnight while construction takes place, but there are no major delays expected.

Traffic is going to be a nightmare when all these projects are in full swing, but I am very excited when I think of the end result. When these major infrastructure upgrades are completed at the end of 2010, Joburg will have taken huge strides towards becoming a truly world-class city.

So think of the benefits when you are stuck in a traffic jam in the coming months, and please, let's all be patient and courteous.

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Discussion Starter · #7 ·

Automatic tolling for Gauteng freeways

September 14 2008 at 02:12PM

By Eleanor Momberg

Thirty-eight toll gantries are to be installed on Gauteng's main freeways by 2010.

The ambitious project will make it possible to force motorists to foot the multimillion-rand bill for the upgrading and maintenance of the province's highways so that they can cope with constantly growing traffic volumes.

The construction of additional lanes, and the upgrading of the William Nicol, Rivonia Road, Allandale Road, John Vorster, Lynnwood, Elands and Gillooly's interchanges, has been causing heavy delays on the main routes between Pretoria, Johannesburg and the East Rand.

Motorists have also had to contend with delays caused by Gautrain construction.

The new tolling system is part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project drawn up by the South African National Roads Agency Limited in partnership with the Gauteng provincial government and the Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni metros.

According to the National Roads Agency, toll booths will not be constructed and there will be no booms. Instead, gantries will span the N4, N1, N12, N17 and N3 highways on which a camera for each lane is mounted.

"You can't stop the traffic to pay toll fees because it will cause more chaos," said Wendy Watson, the roads agency's communications manager.

Along the N1, between Pretoria and the Buccleuch interchange, commuters will pass eight tolling points. The Western Bypass will have another eight, and there will be 12 along the N12.

The agency needs R20-billion to fund the project, it said. Because the government would not supply the funding, motorists will have to.

Initial indications are that motorists will have to pay 50c a kilometre.

"The tolling points will be an average of 10,9km apart. There will be discounts of up to 40 percent for regular users and for special categories, such as taxis and buses. That works out to about 30c a kilometre [at today's prices]," said Watson, adding that none of the prices were definite yet.

Asked if the number of tolling points was excessive, she said their placement was based on systems used in other parts of the world.

It was fairer, she said, than if there were fewer tolling points and people paid higher amounts.

"In this way, people pay for their actual road usage. We estimate that the savings on congestion and time will more than compensate for the 30c a kilometre.

"Remember that it now takes two to two-and-a-half hours to drive from Pretoria to Johannesburg in the rush hour."

All cars using the tolled freeways will have to carry a transponder so that the motorist can be billed.

To ensure that everyone using the province's highways pay their share, the system will include character recognition cameras so that invoices can be sent to motorists who do not have transponders in their vehicles.

Non-compliance, said Watson, would be against the law and offenders could be prosecuted in terms of the new Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act, the implementation of which is being piloted in Tshwane.

"We will have to embark on a comprehensive marketing campaign to ensure that every vehicle is fitted with a transponder that can talk to the sensors on the overhead toll gantries. Motorists will be able to purchase daily or weekly transponders to pay their toll fees."

Watson said the completion date for the construction of the tolled roads was October 2010, but it was hoped that most of the work would be done before the soccer World Cup. Tolling would start at the end of 2010 - after the soccer spectacle.

Because the roads were being concessioned, the money collected from toll fees would be used by the roads agency to repay the loans needed to fund the freeway projects.

"The money being collected will be used only on the Gauteng freeways," said Watson.

"Under a normal tolling system, the tolls collected can only be used for the roads on which the tolls are collected, but in this case provision is being made to make dedicated funding accessible for future development, and for world-class maintenance of the 180km of road now being upgraded."

At the annual rate of increase of the number of vehicles using the N1, which carries more than 180 000 vehicles between Johannesburg and Pretoria daily, 16 lanes will be required by 2010.

In the first phase of the upgrading of 125,5km of freeway, which started in May, the roads are being expanded to four lanes in each direction.

In some sections, roads will be six lanes wide in each direction.

Seven interchanges are being improved by the building of additional lanes and ramps, and 21 access interchanges are being upgraded with additional bridges, ramps and lanes.

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Security and law enforcement

Was just wondering if the tolls will be used for monitoring too? So if my car is stolen, the number plate gets flagged and if it goes through a toll police are dispatched to go fetch it?

Also, if a (registered) taxi is caught speeding, it is tracked for impounding or the removal of the driver's PDP and/or licence? Using the recognition software plugged into a database, it should be possible to enforce the 100km/h speedlimit for public transport vehicles too...


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Gauteng tolls: Suburbs to suffer
Sep 29 2008 6:00PM
Nicole Rego
Johannesburg - The Automobile Association (AA) says plans to introduce 32 tolls on Gauteng's roads without alternative public transport will result in more traffic in suburbs as motorists use back roads to avoid freeways.
The toll system, which will see motorists cough up around 50c per kilometre travelled, is being rolled out to raise money to maintain the 125km of new freeways that will be built in the province. The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) awarded seven contracts in mid-2008 worth over R11bn for the first phase (125km) of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). A total of 500 kilometres of roads are due to be upgraded.

The AA objects to the system, saying that motorists have not been presented with an alternative mode of public transport that is safe, clean, reliable and convenient.

"This is one of the objections that the AA raised with Sanral when it put the plans on the table," AA spokesperson Gary Ronald told

He said that even though government has moved to implement public transport, like the Gautrain and Rea Vaya (a proposed rail-like bus system), these initiatives wouldn't serve all commuters by the time the tolls get put into operation.

"Yes, the BRT will be implemented, but only over a period of time. It won't serve everyone at once," he said, adding that the real "sufferers" will be those living in suburbia.

"It's just going to move congestion off the freeways and into towns," he said; suburbs will become flooded with motorists who start using more back roads to avoid freeways.

Ronald said the Sanral responded to the AA's concerns; "but its argument was that more roads need to be built, and that the user pay principle (the tolls) should happen" to fund this.

It said the tolling system "provides a mechanism for accelerated financing of infrastructure," which is a mechanism that is "essential" to provide infrastructure and "stimulate" economic growth.

Ronald also said that even though frequent users may get a concession of 30c for the first year, there would always be an increase in tolls that is linked to the inflation rate, adding that ineffectively, within six to seven years, motorists will be paying more than double the rate.

"Over the years, we have seen toll roads become more expensive," he said, adding that the high price of fuel and transport means less disposable income.


The open gantry toll system will see motorists having to install transponders in vehicles so as to register their toll usage.

These will be available from some retail outlets, kiosks and possibly in licensing/registration offices. Motorists will have to sign a debit order or make another arrangement to pay, either in advance, or by account.

While motorists could be tolled about 50c per kilometre, some could get reductions, as there is a possibility of discounts being offered to various users, like frequent travellers.

Toll location

The 32 proposed tolls will be placed on freeways surrounding the Johannesburg CBD, where nine are planned for the N3 freeway (from Alberton in the south past Modderfontein on the East Rand), and 16 will be for the N1 (from Soweto in the south, passing Florida on the West Rand to Fourways and Pretoria in the north).

Three open tolls are planned for the N12 in the south, running from Soweto and past Glenvista to Alberton (this excludes the toll that overlaps in Alberton on the N3), and a further four tolls on the M2, which travels from the CBD to Germiston on the East Rand.

This means that if one had to travel on the N3/12 freeway from the Alberton CBD in the south of Johannesburg to Rivonia Road in Woodmead in the north, they would pass through seven open road tolls.

Travelling on this route is approximately 30km one way, which is R15. If a motorist had to commute this way to work and back every day for a month, it would cost them roughly R600 a month (R30 to work and back, every five working days in four weeks.)

As a result, some might find people moving to residences that are closer to work. "But sometimes this may be impractical because a wife and husband could work on opposite ends," said Ronald.

As the open road tolling will be made up of electronic toll collection, Sanral said that no physical plazas meant no delays for motorists.

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how do they expect ppl from out of town to pay the tolls, i am not going to get the 'transponder' for 1 day in joesie. sounds similar to the NJ turnpikes.
No, not really like NJ at all - they have tolls at all on and off-ramps, like the current toll system in SA. This is a far more advanced system without toll booths and the like to interfere with traffic. Rather, you get tolled in a similar way to how you would receive speeding fines etc - it gets added onto an account against the car registration. However, there is an incentive to get a transponder as that will reduce the toll slightly, which is worth it if you are a regular user but people from out of town wont need to bother. Thus the transponder is a kind of 'pre-paid', and thus slightly cheaper option. Can think of it like how cell-phone tariffs work.

Once again a really brilliant system which charges directly for use and has been proven internationally. As with BRT, kudus to the transport authorities for taking the best practice and proven methods from overseas and bringing it here. Obviously it is difficult for people to accept change and some will be sceptical from the start, but this like BRT is really the way forward. Fantastic.
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