The road update programme of the Gautrain project has begun and, as mentioned in our earlier communication, a great deal of the work will take place in the Sandton and Rosebank CBDs as well as around Johannesburg Park Station.
It is estimated that this phase of the project will be completed by the end of this month. Once the main work starts, construction vehicles will operate during off-peak times. Peak hours are classified as 7:00 to 9:00 and 16:00 to 18:00. The total construction period will be 54 months.
There will be some level of traffic management implemented by Bombela, the contractor, who will be employing and training peace officers to deploy when traffic lights go down. Noise and vibration levels will be monitored by the Gautrain Project Team and kept in line with international standards. Similarly, dust levels will also be checked and a dust inhibitor will be sprayed on the material loaded on to the trucks.
Please note the following to make it easier to plan your routes.Sandton Rivonia Road between West and 5th Streets will be a one-way north. Traffic heading south will be directed along Katherine Street Fredman Drive will be used as an alternative diversion route All emergency lanes will be closed West Street will be permanently widened on the northern side between Stella and Rivonia Roads The median on West Street between Rivonia Road and Katherine Street will be permanently narrowed The taxi rank will be moved to the existing public parking area north-east of the library Rosebank
The southbound traffic on Oxford Road will not be affected, but northbound traffic will be diverted onto the following roads: Sturdee Avenue, which will become a one-way northbound carriageway Bath Avenue Jan Smuts Avenue Johannesburg Park Station Wolmarans Street will be closed to traffic between Eloff and Joubert Streets Traffic on Wolmarans Street will be channelled into two lanes diverted via Hoek Street to Smith Street, which will be converted into a dual direction road between Harrison Street and Hoek Street