Sat. Jul 20th, 2019

Maintenance of A2 road on schedule

STAFF REPORTER

MASERU – Work on rehabilitation of a section of the A2 Road from Mafeteng to Mohale’s Hoek is on schedule, the Roads Directorate has said.

The total progress of the road works is at 60 percent while progress on shoulder gravelling and side drains excavation is at 90 percent. The project is scheduled for completion by November, 2019, it said in a statement today.

“The major of works for the plant and design build maintenance project includes rehabilitation of the badly deuterated 1.5 km section from Mafeteng traffic circle by existing base and surfacing and constructing sidewalks. Maintenance of streetlights and installation of new ones will be carried out on this section.

“Other works entails pothole patching, cleaning and reshaping of the existing longitudinal side drain, reinstating drainage system to proper functionality, re-gravelling road shoulders throughout the length of the road, patching and repairing edge-breaks and surfacing with asphalt. Ancillary works such as road marking, installation of the road studs, replacing of relevant road signs, reinstating of reinforcement concrete kilometre marker posts as well as reinstating of erosion protection structures among others will also be undertaken,” read the statement.

The approximately M50 million project is carried out by W. N. Letsapo Construction (PTY) Ltd in association with SM Consulting Engineering who undertook the design works for the sections to be rehabilitated as well as supervision of the entire maintenance works.

The road linking Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek was constructed more than twenty years ago. The A2 Road, popularly known as the Main South 1 forms part of a very important main link from Maseru, traversing the four district of Mafeteng, Mohale’s hoek, Quthing, and Qacha’s Nek in the South of Lesotho.

The maintenance of this road is an effort to prolong its lifetimes as well as to recover the road’s assert value. Once the road condition is improved, travel time and the cost of doing business will be lowered as it will reduce vehicle operation costs.

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