New Gauteng highway offers benefits for Riverfields

  • 30 April 2018 | Tumelo Buthelezi

According to the Gauteng government’s Integrated Transport Master Plan of 2013, the city of Ekurhuleni has an extensive road network that gives it the greatest length of highway when compared with neighbouring regions.

The Gauteng government recently revealed plans for a new highway, the PWV15. This major public road marks the first brand-new Gauteng highway to be built since the 1970s. Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy spoke about the project at the tabling of the provincial budget in March, and said that it will start in the current financial year. It is planned to stretch from Kempton Park to the K146, near Zonkizizwe.

This is exciting news for Ekurhuleni as it underpins the city’s vision of creating sustainable urban pathways of interaction and facilitating a thriving economy. The highway’s development will offer the metro’s property owners, residents, retailers and tenants an even better working, recreational and living experience. It will play an important role in facilitating freight traffic to the airport and also encourage expansion of social infrastructure that is suited to an aerotropolis.

The new 35km-long road will not only clear a path for other planned projects, but will also accelerate development of the Ekurhuleni aerotropolis project, and the Tambo-Springs freight and logistics hub. More work opportunities will be created for locals when the project opens doors of employment in construction, operations and maintenance.

Heavy and slow-moving traffic will become a thing of the past when the PWV15 alleviates the problem of intensive congestion, particularly on the N3, R21 and R24, while improving accessibility to the aerotropolis.

The new highway and other infrastructure developments will also bring numerous major catalyst projects and upgrades to the surrounding areas, having a multiplier effect on the property values of Riverfields.