oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Reconstruction of the MR172 between Helshoogte and Boschendal : project awards : winners and finalists
category : community-based projects



This project comprised the design and rehabilitation of the MR172, which extends from Helshoogte to the R45 in the Western Cape - a scenic route meandering through the wineland towns of Johannesdal and Pniel towards Franschhoek. Valued at R50 million, construction began in January 2009. The area is both historically and environmentally sensitive, and the input of environmentalists and the Heritage Council was needed during the design and construction phases. The project included the development and upliftment of the communities by employing and training local labour and SMMEs. Main Road 172 was opened in December 2010.


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