Construction of underpass along R21 and Witfontein 52 in its final stages
While Riverfields is conveniently located along both sides of the Albertina Sisulu freeway, this does mean that motorists passing from one side of the development to the other – until now – had to use the overpass along the R23. This was an inconvenience – particularly for businesses located at the Plumbago Business Park and the Plumbago Logistics Park, as the freeway bisects the two parks.
In response, the Riverfields Development Company has taken a proactive stance to improve access and mobility across the wider area. This has already resulted in the two-lane extension of Monument Road to connect with the R23, which was officially handed over to the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality a few years ago.
In a significant new development, the Riverfields Development Company is in the final stages of constructing an R80-million underpass along the R21 and Witfontein 52 roads – upgrades that will result in easier access between Riverfields east and west while providing better connectivity between the Plumbago parks.
The construction of the underpass began in April 2014 and is expected to be completed by the end of September 2015.
“It’s an easier and faster connection of the east and west, so people do not have to use the overpass anymore. A lot of people may think the municipality or Sanral are responsible for these easier road accesses and infrastructure upgrades, but it’s actually a sizeable investment by the Riverfields Development Company – obviously working in close partnership with these authorities,” says project manager George Birch of Epicus Development Solutions.
Future transport upgrades include major new boulevards, cycle and pedestrian lanes, improved street lighting, street furniture, boardwalks through natural areas, as well as better system integration with public transport.
These upgrades aim to achieve a positive and sustained economic impact on the local, provincial and even national economy while creating the foundations for mixed-use development sites such as hotels and high-density exclusive apartments, corporate office development, retail and lots more.
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