New R21 underpass to improve accessibility to Riverfields
Progress on the development of road infrastructure at the Riverfields mixed-use urban development, north-east of Kempton Park, reached a new milestone with the start of construction of the Riverfields Boulevard underpass.
June 2014 saw the introduction of an interim road deviation along the R21 southbound (near the R23 interchange) to allow for construction work to proceed. Construction work on Riverfields Boulevard is expected to continue into 2015.
Riverfields Boulevard is a critical component of the overall Riverfields urban design framework, as it will form an important carriageway connecting the different development precincts of Riverfields and better integrate Riverfields with the wider Ekurhuleni metropolitan area.
According to Lardus Erasmus, a director of the Riverfields Development Company, the underpass will also play an important role in improving accessibility between the Plumbago Logistics Park located along the R21 southbound, and the developments situated along the R21 northbound.
“We are investing in excess of R80-million in the development of new road infrastructure to improve accessibility for our tenants and residents, and simultaneously alleviate traffic pressures in the greater area. Ease of movement – for motorists, commuters, pedestrians and cyclists – is core to our development philosophy,” Erasmus says.
Work on the underpass is funded by TRIDEVCO, acting on behalf of the Riverfields Development Company. The project carries the support of the South African National Roads Agency Limited and the City of Ekurhuleni.
The construction of Riverfields Boulevard follows the completion of Monument Road and the installation of traffic lights along the R23 – all funded by Riverfields Development Company.
“We will soon also be upgrading directional signage and we are finalising an integrated road master plan for the larger development, which will ensure sufficient capacity for road users while introducing safer road conditions for cyclists and pedestrians in line with our ‘New Urbanism’ design philosophy,” Erasmus emphasises.
Motorists are urged to exercise caution at the roadworks, and to obey the reduced speed limits. Interim updates on the construction work will be posted on www.riverfields.co.za.