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Friday, 05 October 2018

Cogmanskloof Upgrade

Montagu News - Cogmanskloof Upgrade
This is a dedicated page with regular updates on the progress of the roadworks from Ashton through to the town of Montagu. Progress reports are given in the form of "Bulletins" and are added as important information is released. Information that has become outdated or irrelevant has been moved to the Archives.

Not yet registered for Community Updates as we receive them from the Construction Team? You can receive email updates as well as other important community notifications by completing the short subscription form at the foot of the homepage.

Click on any of the links below to quickly jump to that section:
Bulletin (14 November 2018) ~ Road Construction Project C818 Status Update
Newsflash (12 November 2018) ~ Coronation Double Century Cycling Event - Road Closures, 24 November 2018
Newsflash (6 September 2018) ~ Interim Managing Contractor
Newsflash (24 August 2018) ~ WP Government Press Release: Roadworks delayed between Ashton and Montagu
Newsflash (14 August 2018) ~ Road Construction Project C818 Status Update

Archived Information
Communication with the Project Team

Road Construction Project C818 Status Update

Added: (14 November 2018)
As previously reported, the Western Cape Government (WCG) Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) terminated the construction contract with Basil Read after they entered Business Rescue. The WCG DTPW appointed Haw & Inglis (H&I) as the interim managing contractor while the tender process to appoint a new contractor is underway.

The tender closing date is early in December 2018, where after the tender evaluation and appointment processes will take place. It is expected that a new contractor will establish on site during the first quarter of 2019 to continue with the road construction project.

During the interim period, the project team (AECOM as the WCG’s agent, and H&I as the interim contractor) has overseen a variety of essential activities. The stop-go closures on the R62 through Cogmanskloof are continuously maintained and operated, while countless potholes were repaired on the old main road through Ashton and Cogmanskloof. The two gravel bypasses in Cogmanskloof were surfaced with a temporary asphalt layer to reduce the maintenance costs and to shorten the stop-go waiting times in anticipation of the holiday season traffic. The final asphalt layer was constructed in several sections in Ashton. This will allow the traffic to use the new road surface and therefore reduce the traffic on the old uneven road.

Essential work on the new Ashton Bridge, such as preparation for the pre-stressing of the tendons in the concrete deck, has been ongoing.

More localised tasks were also undertaken, such as completing the service culvert in Ashton so that the deep excavation could be backfilled. The earth berm in the Kingna River, necessitated by the construction of the new Voortrekker Bridge at Montagu, was removed to allow the river flow to return to normal. Several fences that were partially removed due to the construction work over the last 3 years were also reinstated.

A small team is continuing filling excavations and removing building rubble in order to clean up the construction site in preparation for the upcoming holiday period. As part of this work, some services in Montagu were tested and repaired, and the sidewalk construction in the central part of Long Street is continuing. The subcontractor undertaking the stone work in Cogmanskloof, such as the stone guardwalls, also continued with trimming and finishing work.

The two stop-go’s on the R62 through Cogmanskloof will continue to operate throughout the upcoming holiday period. Travellers can expect a total delay of up to 20 minutes.

The construction team will have a small maintenance team on site to ensure that the road remains safe. To report any serious problems or concerns, please call 083-294-0548 or 084-252-0222. Problems can also be reported to ronel@montagu.org.za.

Coronation Double Century Cycling Event - Road Closures

Received: (12 November 2018)
The Coronation Double Century Cycling Event will be coming through Montagu again on the 24th November this year. Please note the Road Closure (Streets and Times) as it may affect you:
* Van Riebeeck Road - Montagu: 08h00 - 11h30
* Kerk Street (between Lang Street & Van Riebeeck Road) - Montagu : 08h00 - 11h30
* Lang Street (between Kerk Street and R62 Cogmanskloof Pass) Montagu : 08h00 - 11h30
* R62 Cogmanskloof Pass (Montagu side) : 08h15 - 12h00
* R62 Cogmanskloof Pass (Ashton side): 08h00 - 12h00
* Zandvliet Road, Ashton : 08h30 -12h30
* R317 from Bonnievale to Viljoensdrift : 09h30 - 13h30
* Diversion on R317 at Viljoensdrift - traveling from the Robertson circle to Bonnievale: 09h30 - 13h30
* R317 (from Rooibrug to Bonnievale): 10h15 - 14h30



Interim Managing Contractor

Received: (6 September 2018)
Some good news just received is that Haw & Inglis was appointed yesterday as the temporary managing contractor. This means that some emergency work through sub-contractors may now be carried out under their management.
Although H&I is not yet on site, arrangements have already been started with Mega Bouers to, for instance, remove the offending berm at Voortrekker Bridge that has caused some concern - especially among the farmers on the banks of the river, who expressed fears of possible flooding that could result if we experience some heavy bouts of rain. The sub-contractor is expected to start work on this early next week.

Western Cape Government MEDIA RELEASE

Received: (24 August2018)
ROADWORKS DELAYED BETWEEN ASHTON AND MONTAGU
A R650 million Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) roadworks project currently underway between Ashton and Montagu has been unavoidably delayed because Basil Read, the main contractor on the project, is in business rescue. An interim contractor will be appointed to manage the works until a project completion contractor can be appointed. The interim contractor will be appointed no later than the end of the first week of September 2018. The entire project is expected to be completed in July 2020.

DTPW is acutely aware of the impact of the project delay on subcontractors, workers, road users and local communities, and is taking urgent steps to remedy the situation. “This is not a case of simply appointing another contractor”, said Head of Department Jacqui Gooch. “The process of appointing a new contractor is a complex, legally regulated supply chain process that must take into account the impact on subcontractors and the community.”

“While it may seem that work is at a standstill, certain critical bridge and other works are currently being carried out and will continue through the appointment of the interim contractor. The entire construction site will be safeguarded until then,” she added.

Contract completion bidders will be required to have proven road and bridge construction experience. Financial due diligence assessments will be undertaken to minimise the risk of appointing a contractor who is unable to complete the project.

To date, approximately R31 million has been spent on targeted enterprises and approximately 80 000 person-days of work have been created.

DTPW regrets the extended and ongoing delays and disruption that the travelling public and residents along the route are experiencing. Every effort is being made to resume and complete the works as soon as possible.

Road Construction Project C818 Status

Received: (14 August 2018)
As previously reported, Basil Read, the contractor appointed on Project C818 (The rehabilitation of 13.4km of Trunk Road 31 from Ashton to Montagu through Cogmanskloof) has been in Business Rescue since 15 June 2018. As a result, the construction progress on this project has ceased.

In view of this situation, the Western Cape Government (WCG) Department of Transport and Public Works, the main client for this project, has decided that it would be in the best interest of the project to terminate the contract with Basil Read.

The WCG, with the assistance of AECOM (the consulting engineers appointed for this project) are in the process of appointing an interim managing contractor to ensure that the construction site remains safe.

In the meantime, the documentation required to appoint a new main contractor to continue the construction of Project C818 is being compiled expeditiously. The process to appoint a new main contractor will take a few months.

Until the new main contractor is appointed, systems are in place to continue the safe operation of the stop-go’s on the R62 through Cogmanskloof. Any urgent road maintenance will also be attended to, as well as other essential work.

If any member of the public needs to report serious problems or concerns about the project, they can send an email to the Montagu Liaison Committee (ronel@montagu.org.za) who will, in turn, communicate with the project team.





Archived Information


As the construction project advances, information is updated and replaced.
The original articles and bulletins (that is now redundant or outdated) are available here:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR ARCHIVE.

Here is a list of bulletins and articles that have been archived:
2015-07-25 Article 1 about project on webpage
2015-07-25 Article 1 about project on webpage
2015-08-25 Article 2 about project on webpage
2015-09-25 Montagu Liaison Committee Role
2015-09-25 Project Status Update
2015-10-x Email: Initial project information session
2015-10-28 Article 3 about project on webpage
2015-10-28 Bulletin: Construction Update
2015-11-04 Bulletin: Blasting in Cogmanskloof
2015-11-19 Bulletin: Construction Progress Update
2015-12-03 Bulletin: Construction Update, Sidewalk Widths, Holiday Arrangements
2015-12-04 Newsflash: Low Water Bridge on Du Toit Street Closed
2016-01-14 Newsflash: Speeding along Van Riebeeck Street
2016-01-18 Newsflash: Blasting in Cogmanskloof tomorrow, 19 January 2015
2016-01-20 Blasting Schedule
2016-02-17 Bulletin: Construction Update & Montagu Phases
2016-03-10 Blasting Schedule
2016-04-22 Newsflash: Crane at Ashton Bridge
2016-05-26 Bulletin: Revised Construction Phases and Programme in Montagu
2016-05-26 Blasting Schedule
2016-05-27 Blasting Schedule Corrections
2016-06-21 Blasting Schedule
2016-08-27 Bulletin: Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street
2016-08-29 Blasting Schedule
2016-09-06 Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Pass Closed due to Water Pipe Burst
2016-09-07 Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Pass Closed due to Water Pipe Burst – Update
2016-09-09 Bulletin: Du Toit Street Stormwater Installation Phase 1
2016-09-16 Newsflash: Extended Working Hours and Barry Street Intersection Closure
2016-09-19 Email: Temporary Construction Storage Area in Long Street
2016-09-23 Newsflash: Ring-Road Interrupted due to Water Pipe Burst
2016-09-28 Blasting Schedule
2016-10-11 Newsflash: Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street and Services Installation in Long Street
2016-10-19 Bulletin: Services Installation between Du Toit and Cross Street
2016-10-25 Newsflash: Site Closure for Long Weekend
2016-10-25 Blasting Schedule
2016-11-09 Newsflash: Temporary Closure of the Cross/Long Street Intersection
2016-11-21 Newsflash: Intermittent Road Closures at Van der Merwe Bridge, Montagu
2016-12-07 Bulletin: Construction Update and Holiday Arrangements
2017-01-17 Bulletin: Services Installation Update and Ring-Road Implementation
2017-02-09 Bulletin: Closure of Du Toit Street at Low Water Bridge
2017-02-09 Bulletin: Electrical Services Installation in Long Street
2017-02-16 Newsflash: Electrical Services Installation Update
2017-02-20 Newsflash: Electrical Services Installation Update
2017-02-20 Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Closure during Blasting Timeslot
2017-02-21 Bulletin: Closure of R60 & Zandvliet Road Intersection
2017-03-01 Bulletin: Services Installation in Long Street (from Kohler St to Market St)
2017-03-28 Bulletin: Traffic Violations
2017-03-10 Bulletin: Services Installation in Long Street and Closure of Market Street
2017-03-13 Bulletin: Station Way Detour in Ashton
2017-03-31 Bulletin: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street – Phase 2: 31 March – 19 April 2017
2017-04-04 Bulletin: Two-Way Traffic past Montagu Spar
2017-04-06 Bulletin: Easter Holiday Site Closure
2017-04-21 Bulletin: Continuation of Services Installation Between Church and Cross Streets
2017-05-18 Bulletin: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street: Phase 3 and 4
2017-05-02 Newsflash: Water supply disruption on Wednesday, 3 May 2017
2017-05-24 Newsflash: Du Toit Street Construction zones
2017-05-31 Bulletin: Blasting at Voortrekker Bridge on Thursday, 8 June 2017
2017-06-16 Bulletin: Construction Programme Update
2017-06-19 Bulletin: Detour via Zandvliet Rd in Ashton, 19-23 June 2017
2017-07-26 Bulletin: Closure of Long Street between Barry and Church Streets, Montagu on 27 July 2017
2017-08-14 Bulletin: Stormwater system installation in Church Street, Montagu
2017-10-05 Bulletin: Montagu Construction Update
2017-11-09 Bulletin: Montagu Construction Update
2016-01-18 Newsflash: Blasting in Cogmanskloof tomorrow, 19 January 2015
2016-01-20 Blasting Schedule
2016-02-17 Bulletin: Construction Update & Montagu Phases
2016-03-10 Blasting Schedule
2016-04-22 Newsflash: Crane at Ashton Bridge
2016-05-26 Bulletin: Revised Construction Phases and Programme in Montagu
2016-05-26 Blasting Schedule
2016-05-27 Blasting Schedule Corrections
2016-06-21 Blasting Schedule
2016-08-27 Bulletin: Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street
2016-08-29 Blasting Schedule
2016-09-06 Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Pass Closed due to Water Pipe Burst
2016-09-07 Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Pass Closed due to Water Pipe Burst – Update
2016-09-09 Bulletin: Du Toit Street Stormwater Installation Phase 1
2016-09-16 Newsflash: Extended Working Hours and Barry Street Intersection Closure
2016-09-19 Email: Temporary Construction Storage Area in Long Street
2016-09-23 Newsflash: Ring-Road Interrupted due to Water Pipe Burst
2016-09-28 Blasting Schedule
2016-10-11 Newsflash: Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street and Services Installation in Long Street
2016-10-19 Bulletin: Services Installation between Du Toit and Cross Street
2016-10-25 Newsflash: Site Closure for Long Weekend
2016-10-25 Blasting Schedule
2016-11-09 Newsflash: Temporary Closure of the Cross/Long Street Intersection
2016-11-21 Newsflash: Intermittent Road Closures at Van der Merwe Bridge, Montagu
2016-12-07 Bulletin: Construction Update and Holiday Arrangements
2017-01-17 Bulletin: Services Installation Update and Ring-Road Implementation
2017-02-09 Bulletin: Closure of Du Toit Street at Low Water Bridge
2017-02-09 Bulletin: Electrical Services Installation in Long Street
2017-02-16 Newsflash: Electrical Services Installation Update
2017-02-20 Newsflash: Electrical Services Installation Update
2017-02-20 Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Closure during Blasting Timeslot
2017-02-21 Bulletin: Closure of R60 & Zandvliet Road Intersection
2017-03-01 Bulletin: Services Installation in Long Street (from Kohler St to Market St)
2017-03-28 Bulletin: Traffic Violations
2017-03-10 Bulletin: Services Installation in Long Street and Closure of Market Street
2017-03-13 Bulletin: Station Way Detour in Ashton
2017-03-31 Bulletin: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street – Phase 2: 31 March – 19 April 2017
2017-04-04 Bulletin: Two-Way Traffic past Montagu Spar
2017-04-06 Bulletin: Easter Holiday Site Closure
2017-04-21 Bulletin: Continuation of Services Installation Between Church and Cross Streets
2017-05-18 Bulletin: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street: Phase 3 and 4
2017-05-02 Newsflash: Water supply disruption on Wednesday, 3 May 2017
2017-05-24 Newsflash: Du Toit Street Construction zones
2017-05-31 Bulletin: Blasting at Voortrekker Bridge on Thursday, 8 June 2017
2017-06-16 Bulletin: Construction Programme Update
2017-06-19 Bulletin: Detour via Zandvliet Rd in Ashton, 19-23 June 2017
2017-07-26 Bulletin: Closure of Long Street between Barry and Church Streets, Montagu on 27 July 2017
2017-08-14 Bulletin: Stormwater system installation in Church Street, Montagu
2017-10-05 Bulletin: Montagu Construction Update
2017-12-06 Newsflash: Construction zones in Montagu
2017-12-11 Bulletin: 2017 Construction Progress & Holiday Arrangements
2018-03-09 Bulletin: Road Construction Update
2018-03-09 Bulletin: Blasting in Cogmanskloof to resume
2018-03-14 Newsflash: Closure of Van Riebeeck Street
2018-05-17 Blasting schedule
2018-06-05 Bulletin: Basil Read Road Construction Update
2018-06-11 Blasting schedule
2018-06-11 Newsflash: Blasting in Cogmanskloof temporarily suspended
2018-06-21 Newsflash: Basil Read Business Rescue and Cogmanskloof Road Construction
2018-07-27 Bulletin: Basil Read Business Rescue Process
2018-08-28 Newsflash: Road maintenance in interim period
2018-09-20 Bulletin: Detour via Zandvliet Road in Ashton, September 2018
2018-09-26 Newsflash: Detour via Zandvliet Road in Ashton, September 2018






3. Communication with the Project Team


The Montagu Liaison Committee (MLC) has been established to channel communication between the project team and the public. The project team will endeavour to send regular updates to the MLC who will then distribute the information. Important news updates will be published in the local media. This web page will be updated regularly and may be the most efficient way of obtaining updates about the project. If any person has questions about how the construction work will affect them, they may direct their queries to the MLC. The contact person at the MLC is Ronel Preston - ronel@montagu.org.za

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