The R55 dual carriageway from Sunderland Ridge to Laudium was officially opened by the Gauteng member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, on 22 November 2012.
The opening marked the successful completion of Phases 1 and 2 of the rehabilitation and upgrade of this major road between Johannesburg and Pretoria. The R55 serves as one of the principal links between Johannesburg and Tshwane West and connects the Mabopane and N14/Krugersdorp freeways.
Vadi said that he was delighted with the high quality of the construction work and thanked the contractors for completing the project on time.The project created 255 job opportunities for the local community and 10 small, medium and micro enterprises were subcontracted to work on it.
The MEC announced that the remaining sections of the R55 between Main Road in Laudium and Maude Street in Atteridgeville will be scheduled for rehabilitation during the next financial year at an estimated cost of R50 million.
Councillor George Matjila, member of the Mayoral Committee for Roads and Transport, said that provincial roads form an integral part of the road network in Tshwane and that these roads need to be in a good order to ensure the safety of Tshwane residents. He thanked members of the local community who over several years had assisted the Municipality to implement the project.