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SANDTON ROADS RECEIVE FACELIFT FOR MOST OF 2016

Many road users are experiencing some 2015 déjà vu as Sandton roads see construction underway and this set to continue for most of 2016 with the City of Johannesburg investing R180 million in massive improvements to roads and pavements in Sandton Central.



“It’s a welcome investment and forms part of some of the legacy projects in Sandton Central, following the hosting of the World EcoMobility Festival in October. There will be some inconvenience as construction continues, resulting in traffic congestion and access issues in the affected areas, but it’s a case of short term pain. After the upgrades are complete, the workers and residents of Sandton Central, as well as visitors, will benefit from the world-class infrastructure.”

– City Improvement District Manager of Sandton Central Management District (SCMD), Elaine Jack

A key part of the development is to make Sandton’s streets more pedestrian and cycle friendly. Pedestrian sidewalks are being widened and new cycle lanes are being constructed as part of the upgrade of key roads in the Sandton CBD. The project entails not only new paving and tarring of roads, but green landscaping and will include new signage and street furniture.

“This is an important development for Sandton as it represents a major investment in public infrastructure. It will also make Sandton’s streets more walkable, which is an integral part of any vibrant CBD. The advent of the Gautrain and Sandton being home to one of its busiest stations, has seen increased pedestrians on the streets of Sandton. With the Reya Vaya BRT link into Sandton set to be complete in a couple of years and the city’s drive to get more people eco mobile, there will be even more commuters into Sandton and thus pedestrians on its streets. All this makes the current investment in the roads upgrade in Sandton essentially an investment in its future. Good infrastructure is key to Sandton not only retaining existing businesses, but attracting leading corporates and new business to this vibrant commercial centre.”

– City Improvement District Manager of Sandton Central Management District (SCMD), Elaine Jack

While construction continues on roads in Sandton Central, the node is home to several major private sector driven property developments. Sandton is well established, but its strong reputation as SA’s financial hub has seen it attract unprecedented new office and mixed-use development in recent years.

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“The laying of fibre optics and the replacement of water pipes by Joburg Water also creates a sense of frustration for residents and pedestrians who continually see the pavements dug up. This however should be completed by the end of the year. If JRA can just fix the traffic lights regularly and provide solar or battery back-up to the traffic lights at intersections, it will go a long way to alleviating frustrations for motorists entering and leaving the Sandton CBD.”

DA Councillor for Ward 103, Vincent Earp

The roads upgrade project in the Sandton CBD is being undertaken by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), which is an agency of the City of Johannesburg. Herewith the schedule for the roads upgrade project in the Sandton CBD, provided by the JDA:

  • November 2015 – March 2016: West Street south bound – Construction of pedestrian sidewalks.
  • January 2016 – April 2016: upgrade of Maude Street between Rivonia Road and Gwen Lane -includes new cycle lanes and pedestrian sidewalks as well as service detection and relocation of services.
  • February 2016 – June 2016: upgrade of Maude Street between Gwen Lane and West Street – includes new cycle lanes and pedestrian sidewalks as well as service detection and relocation of services.
  • April 2016 – August 2016: upgrade and paving of Maude Street from West Street and Fifth – includes new cycle lanes and pedestrian sidewalks as well as service detection and relocation of services.
  • February 2016 – October 2016: Pavement strengthening on Rivonia Road.
  • April 2016 – November 2016: Pavement strengthening along Fredman Drive.
  • June 2016 – November 2016: Pavement strengthening along Fifth.
  • August 2015 – November 2016: upgrade of Alice Street – includes new pedestrian sidewalks as well as service detection and relocation of services.



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