The work entailed the planning and design for the rehabilitation and improvement of Main Road 168 to a dual carriageway over a distance of 10.7 km.
The upgrade is primarily aimed at improving the existing road infrastructure, in terms of a prioritized and phased approach, involving the following, where necessary: The provision of additional capacity, traffic signals, public transport and non-motorised facilities, consolidation and relocation of existing accesses and elimination of rail crossings. The project was partially funded through EFG Engineers facilitating financial contributions from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), Telkom and Eskom.
Before, this road network with all its crossings and intersections had high accident figures for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
One of the engineering feats associated with the project was the moving and re-establishing of the entire off-grid wetland sewerage plant of the Stellenbosch University Sustainability Institute. Underpasses and bridges for a busy railway line were built, traffic and essential agricultural water channels were kept flowing during construction and engineering features and design modifications have made the area more fauna and flora-friendly, and scarce plant species were protected.
Accidents have been reduced and a dedicated cycle and pedestrian path along the route has made tourist visits to wine estates, restaurants and shopping facilities situated along the route safer.
Holistic planning and execution has laid a solid foundation for future extensions to the road link and further economic development along the route.