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Four-lane Oosbosch Street, Paarl, reopens after R128m upgrade

The R128 million upgrade of Oosbosch Street in Paarl - from Berg River Boulevard to Jan van Riebeeck Drive - was officially declared open on Thursday, 14 October 2021

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The R128 million upgrade of Oosbosch Street in Paarl - from Berg River Boulevard to Jan van Riebeeck Drive - was officially declared open on Thursday, 14 October 2021. Upgraded to deal with major traffic congestion experienced during peak hours, the project includes the first-ever-in-Africa underground housing of traffic signalling equipmentto prevent theft and vandalism.

Oosbosch Street has been transformed into a four-lane divided road, sufficient to accommodate thearea’s existing and future traffic volumes. The project is nearing completion during October/November 2021, and will be opened to the public in phases. A portion of Jan van Riebeeck Drive and Meaker Street was also upgraded.

The two-year project included the widening of the road over the Berg River Bridge and the road over the railway bridge – both demanding commendable engineering precision. Thanks to the upgrade, access between Paarl West and Paarl East is now easier and quicker.

Alderman Conrad Poole, Executive Mayor of Drakenstein Municipality, and Daylin Mitchell, Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, as well as Members of the Municipality’s Mayoral Committee, dignitaries and senior officials attended the opening.

ExecutiveMayor Poole congratulated the team responsible for completing the project, and said: “Today is a red-letter day in the history of Drakenstein, and another positive step towards realising our vision of growing a city of excellence. In an ever-expanding city such as Drakenstein with several big-name brands coming to invest here, it is important that the Municipality ensures that the area has the necessary infrastructure to cope with the influx of people and the heavier trafficload that accompanies it.”

Provincial Minister Daylin Mitchell concurred: “I welcome the opening of this road which will alleviate congestion in the town of Paarl and contribute to its economic growth and the creation of job opportunities. I am very proud of the work that has been done by the Municipality in upgrading this road.”

To eradicate the increasing vandalism and theft of traffic light installations, the development of an innovative way to protect traffic signal installations was initiated by the Municipality as part of the Oosbosch Street project.

For the first time in Africa, the UPS (uninterrupted power supply), batteries, controller, and other equipmentfor the traffic signals are housed in underground chambers. These chambers were developed in collaboration with Smartlock Systems and are equipped with alarms that can detect attempts to gain unauthorised access. To facilitate work on the equipment, the equipment can be hoisted to above ground level to allow user input and maintenance at eyelevel.

“Safer roads are very important in this province. They attract investors and tourists to boost our economy,” said Provincial Minister Mitchell. “We need to encourage investment in infrastructure projects that improve access to our towns. My department will continue to support infrastructure developments of this nature across the  province to change the lives of many for the better. One of our main objectives was to ensure that road users are not limited to movement on all our major road network across the province.”

Executive Mayor Poole also stressed the importance of road networks in growing Drakenstein as an investment destination. “We need to create an environment which entices even more businesses to invest here. I don’t have to tell you about the importance of a modern, working road network to the economy. It is said that roads are the arteries through which theeconomy pulses.”

The Oosbosch Street project was funded by Drakenstein Municipality and the Western Cape Government.

Thecivil engineering and construction company, Martin & East, was appointed on 20 August 2019 following a tender process, and the instruction to commence with the works was issued on 18 September 2019. UDS Africa was the consulting engineer on the project, attending to basic planning, final design and construction supervision.

ApproximatelyR15 million was spent on local enterprises and local labour (residing in the Drakenstein municipal area). Approximately 110 local labourers were employed during the project and a total of 16 400 man-day work opportunities were created.

Issued by: Communication and Marketing, Drakenstein Municipality

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