Department officially opens revamped road

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Free State MEC for Police, Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini. Photo by Katleho Morapela

The Department of Police, Roads and Transport in the Free State is officially opening the newly revamped Hertzogville-Hoopstad road, in Hoopstad today.

The event will end with a community Imbizo at the Hoopstad town hall after the contingency has also assessed the Hoopstad-Bultfontein road project.

According to spokesperson Hillary Mophethe the project value for the maintenance of the Hertzogville-Hoopstad road is 91 million. The road was completed in less than two years since February 2015 until end of October 2016. The project also created 329 job opportunities and 218 of them were the youth, while 2 were disabled persons.

There were 65 males and 20 females employed in the project.

“The rehabilitation of Hoopstad-Bultfontein road commenced on 01 October and is expected to be completed by June 2018. This project is anticipated to create 758 jobs. The progress on the project is currently at 5%.”

“The Department of Police, Roads and Transport is responsible for the promotion of accessibility and mobility and a safe, integrated road infrastructure network that is environmentally sensitive and stimulates socio- economic growth in the province. We have 6 370 km of tarred roads to maintain in the Free State, and it can cost up to R25 million to build 1 km of new tarred road. The maintenance of roads linking towns plays a very important role in the farming communities, as they are major role players in the economy and the mainstay of economic growth in the province and with this in mind, the department has engaged in extensive road building and road rehabilitation projects over the past six years,” she said.

Statement issued by the Corporate Communication Department of Police, Roads and Transport in the Free State.