Roads revamped for world summit

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THE roadworks causing chaos in and around Sandton, north of Johannesburg, are part of a major infrastructural revitalisation rushed through to cater for the world summit meeting on sustainable
THE roadworks causing chaos in and around Sandton, north of Johannesburg, are part of a major infrastructural revitalisation rushed through to cater for the world summit meeting on sustainable development scheduled for August.

They are part of a R194m project that follows a study initiated and funded by major property companies in the Sandton area, including Investec Property Group, RMB Properties, Liberty Properties and Nedcor Properties.

Harvey Stott, of Liberty Life Properties' asset management division, says the companies advised authorities of the potential embarrassment Sandton's poor road infrastructure might cause 'in the light of the imminent world summit on sustainable development'.

The summit is to be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre between August 26 and September 4.

Sandton's infrastructure cannot cope with everyday traffic, and it is feared the extra traffic generated by delegates will cause chaos. In May 2000 the four property groups approached the greater Johannesburg metropolitan council.

A steering committee was formed, and V3 and Mookamedi Project Managers commissioned a traffic simulation study. This identified infrastructure needs in Sandton's central road network and evaluated expected traffic conditions. It also developed measurement criteria to help authorities determine development contributions for transport, and as a basis that could be used by other transport planners.

The result was an initial commitment by the greater Johannesburg metropolitan council and Johannesburg Roads Agency of R64m to upgrade Sandton's roads.

Work has started on 20 projects. These are all to be completed by June 2002. However, of all the recommendations included in the study, only minor and quick fixes have been introduced.

Reconstruction is expected to continue after the summit, but only once local authorities have secured additional funding.

Publisher: Business Day
Source: Business Day

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