R72 construction
Sanral has indicated that there will be no stop-and-go sections on the R72 between Port Alfred and Great Fish River during the Easter weekend. Image: Hennie Marais
With a huge influx of visitors expected in Port Alfred for the Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Festival, SANRAL Southern Region was approached by The Announcer for an update on the construction of the R72 through the town.  On Wednesday they issued the following report; 
 
There will be no stop-and-go sections on the R72 between Port Alfred and Great Fish River during the Easter weekend.
 
Work on the rural section is in progress with the completion of new stormwater culverts and the construction of the seaward side of the R72 from Port Alfred to the Fish River the most prominent. Ancillary work like the concrete side drains and other minor stormwater structures has started.
 
This upgrade includes the construction of two 3.7m driving lanes, with auxiliary (climbing) lanes, and a surfaced shoulder on both sides of the new road. The new geometric design of the road has made the upgraded road safer for motorists.
 
Current roadworks in Port Alfred’s urban area include widening climbing lanes, constructing new kerbs and walkways. The construction of intersections is also currently underway and only two intersections will be constructed at any time, weather permitting. The intersections will be closed to traffic for the duration of the construction. The completed works will include climbing lanes to ease slow moving traffic, an underground stormwater system, sidewalks, kerbing, traffic lights and street lights.
 
Activities in the urban area of Port Alfred will start to increase. The contractor is planning to start with a 24-hour stop and go asphalting of sections in the period after the Easter weekend. The old surface will be removed and replaced with a new bitumen treated base layer, followed by an asphalt layer.
 
Residents of Port Alfred and motorists are requested to be patient and be aware of road signs, speed restrictions and other safety measures while construction takes place in town.
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