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Cogmanskloof Upgrade

Tuesday, 05 June 2018
A progress update was released on 5 June 2018 by Basil Read which highlights some important information on completed phases. As of 11 June 2018, Blasting in Cogmanskloof has been suspended until further notice. This means that on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the pass will remain open during the hours of 11am and 1pm.

The progress reports are given in the form of "Bulletins" and are added as important information is released, under Quicklinks below. Information that has become outdated or irrelevant has been moved to the Archives.

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UPDATE: (14 August 2018): Road Construction Project C818 Status


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.

UPDATE: (27th July 2018):


Basil Read and the Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) have had a few meetings with the Western Cape Government (WCG) Department of Transport and Public Works to discuss the Roadworks Project and Basil Read’s situation. As soon as we have more information/decisions, it will be fed through to the community without delay.

On Basil Read’s website (http://www.basilread.co.za/business.php?pagename=Business%20Rescue), there is a link to the Business Rescue webpage: http://matusonassociates.co.za/basilread/

On the Business Rescue webpage, there are links to all the official information published as part of the Business Rescue process. One of the links opens a presentation that might be quite useful as background information. Here is the link to the presentation:
http://matusonassociates.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BRL-First-Meeting-of-Creditors-and-Employees-29062018.pdf

The presentation contains a slide showing the Business Rescue timeline. The extended date for the publication of the Business Rescue Plan is now 20 August 2018. Until the Business Rescue Plan is published, there is no more information available about Basil Read’s situation.

If and when there are any significant decisions made by the WCG Department of Transport and Public Works about this project, it will be fed through to the community. Until then, there are unfortunately no updates that we are authorised to publish.

News Flash (21 June 2018)

Basil Read Business Rescue and Cogmanskloof Road Construction.

As most of the residents in Montagu and Ashton know, Basil Read has entered voluntary Business Rescue proceedings. Business rescue practitioners have been appointed and are assessing the current state of the business. Project C818 (The rehabilitation of 13.4 km of TR31 from Ashton to Montagu through Cogmanskloof) is also affected. The road construction activities have been scaled down at this stage.

The senior management of Basil Read will meet with the Western Cape Government Department of Transport and Public Works to explore mitigation measures for this road project. While the first report from the business rescue practitioners is awaited, Basil Read has decided to close the construction site for Project C818 in the meantime. This decision, in effect, will extend the planned June pay-weekend vacation for the construction workers with 7 working days.

The site office will close on Friday, 22 June 2018, and re-open on Tuesday, 10 July 2018. A small team will still be on duty to operate the two stop-go's in Cogmanskloof and to attend to any road maintenance. To report any problems, please call Quentin Chambers (Basil Read Safety Officer) on 082-459-9597.

Click on any of the links below to quickly jump to that section:

Bulletin (11 June 2018) ~ Blasting in Cogmanskloof suspended until further notice.
Bulletin (5 June 2018) ~ Basil Read Road Construction Update
Bulletin (9 Mar 2018) ~ Road Construction Update
Bulletin (12 Dec 2017) ~ 2017 Construction Progress & Holiday Arrangements
Bulletin (9 Nov 2017) ~ Montagu Construction Update

Archived Information
Communication with the Project Team

Basil Read Road Construction Update

Added: (5 June 2018)
The following bulletin is a progress report from Basil Read.


New Ashton arch bridge under construction


Progress of construction in Ashton


At the western end of Ashton, the main road construction is complete between Ashton Cellars and Middle Street. Only final trimming, landscaping, road marking and permanent road signs to be erected. The construction is now underway on the Northern lanes (LHS) between Middle Street and Bruwer Street, which is still part of Construction Phase A1 (see diagram later). Asphalt in this section is scheduled to start in June 2018 so to divert traffic and start on the Southern side (RHS).

At the eastern end of Ashton, a portion of the South (RHS) side lanes is complete, and construction on the Northern lanes is now underway (parts of Phases S1 to S5). Asphalt will also be done on the Northern side with this establishment in June 2018.

We have also started installing the new services (Storm Water, service sleeves etc.) in Phase A3 (LHS) with the traffic traveling on the RHS.

Two-way traffic through the town of Ashton is being maintained without any stop-go's.

There will also a temporary by-pass on the LHS from Barry Street past Kekkel en Kraai up to Ashton Bridge. When this is completed, we can start with the fill and construction of the temporary bypass over Ashton bridge in the current temporary position.

Progress of construction in Cogmanskloof



Schematic of construction phases from Ashton to Montagu


We are still busy with construction of Phases C5 and C6. Blasting of rock in certain areas are required to realign the road to improve the sight distance through the Kloof. The blasting in the Kloof does take longer than conventional blasting because of the time frame (2hours) we have to close the road, blast, make safe, clean up and then open the road again for traffic. This limits the volume of material we can blast per event.

Blasting is also required in areas where subsoil and telecommunication sleeves are to be installed in the cuttings. A stop-go is in place along the entire length of Phase C5 and C6. Travellers should expect waiting times of up to 20 minutes. The Kloof will also be periodically closed for maintenance of the gravel temporary by-passes, but for shorter periods.

The roadworks on Phases C3 and C4 are complete and finishing work along the edges and the construction of storm water concrete side drains are currently underway. Similarly, the roadworks on Phases C7 and C8 is complete, but finishing work along the edges, including the construction of storm water concrete side drains and stone guard walls, are in progress.

A short stop-go is in place in Phase C7/C8 to facilitate the construction of the stone guard walls. This stop-go section includes a portion of road into Montagu (around Voortrekker Bridge) to facilitate the completion of the bridge and approach slabs.

Voortrekker Bridge is almost complete - outstanding works are the parapets and the CRCP concrete slab on the Western side. When completed, dual traffic will be diverted over the bridge into Montagu such that demolition of the existing Voortrekker Bridge can commence.


New Voortrekker Bridge construction


We are also in the process of completing the TerraTrel (retaining) wall W162 in the Kloof where the road alignment was revised to ensure that the Kloof will stay open for traffic in flood conditions.


Stone cladding at TerraTrel retaining wall system in Cogmanskloof


We have also started with the construction of the new redesigned concrete retaining wall W161 that needs to be constructed between Boy Retief Bridge and Billy Loftus Bridge where the road is also realigned to improve the sight distance on this portion of the road.

The deck of Boy Retief Bridge is complete and has been stressed. The team currently busy at Voortrekker Bridge will move to Boy Retief in the next 2 weeks to complete the last two ear walls, the parapets and approach slabs. The realignment to tie the road into Boy Retief Bridge has already started. As soon as the traffic can travel over Boy Retief Bridge the old bridge will also be demolished.

For information: When all the road works in Cogmanskloof are complete a second slurry seal will be done with a fine/fine slurry seal over the current completed 19mm Cape Seal. Thereafter the road marking will be applied.

Progress of construction in Montagu



The road construction in Montagu is almost complete. The 40mm AE-2 Asphalt in Long Street from Rambling Rose up to Spar will be done in June 2018. All the kerb and channels have been installed. Drop kerbs for pedestrian access is being installed at the intersections.

For Information: Basil Read has vacated the Toyota laydown area in Long Street after receiving some complaints from local residents. All plant and material is now stored either at Voortrekker Bridge or the laydown area we have outside of town called Goudmyn.

The extra distribution sleeve installation plus the construction of AJB's (Accessible Junction Box) will be completed by middle of July 2018. As this additional sleeve was a late request by Telkom, it takes a lot longer to install due to all the old and new services (house connections) that now need to be protected and worked around.

The material to be used to manufacture the Lei-water sluice structure cast in steel specials was confirmed as stainless steel and a local engineering shop will be manufacturing these specials for Basil Read. We intend to start in the next two weeks with construction of the new 39 no. sluice structures.

The sidewalk related works in Montagu has taken a lot longer than anticipated due to the constant change of the existing boundary walls, fences etc. A lot of effort and time has gone into creating the widest possible sidewalk from back of the barrier kerb to boundary wall. This has necessitated the demolition of existing concrete which has been time consuming. We have two subcontractors working on the sidewalks at this stage and are looking at appointing a third subcontractor to try and expedite the completion of the sidewalk related works in Montagu Long Street.

Two-way traffic has been reinstated throughout Long Street, since most of the remaining work will take place on the sidewalks. Some of the last work in Montagu will be the reinstatement of road surface in the side streets. (Kohler and Church Street)

We have also started with the fill in Van Riebeeck Street (DR1373) so to start with the relocation of the CIB 600mm dia. and 300mm dia. Municipal Ductile Iron water lines in this area.

Progress of Ashton Bridge construction


Ashton Bridge is behind schedule at this stage but the team is working very hard to pull back the programme to divert the traffic over the Ashton Bridge in its temporary position before the end of 2018. (Where the bridge is constructed at this stage)

When the traffic has been diverted onto the new bridge in its temporary position, the existing bridge can be demolished and excavation for the two new permanent abutments can start.

As soon as these permanent abutments are complete the roadworks will be tied into the back of the abutments and the bridge will be launched into its permanent position.


Aerial view of new Ashton Bridge deck



Support work for the Ashton Bridge arch being erected


Blasting in Cogmanskloof temporarily suspended until further notice

Added: (11 June 2018)

Blasting operations have been suspended temporarily until further notice. Therefore, the R62 through Cogmanskloof WILL NOT be closed between 11:00 and 13:00 on Tuesday, 12 June 2018, or any day thereafter until further notice. Future dates will be confirmed at a later stage.

Road Construction Update

Added: (9 Mar 2018)

Progress of construction in Ashton


At the western end of Ashton, the main road construction is complete between Ashton Cellars and Middle Street. The construction is now underway on the northern lanes between Middle Street and Bruwer Street, which is still part of Construction Phase A1 (see diagram below).

At the eastern end of Ashton, a portion of the south side lanes is complete, and construction on the northern lanes is now underway (parts of Phases S1 to S5).
Two-way traffic through the town of Ashton is being maintained without any stop-go's.

Progress of construction in Cogmanskloof



Schematic of construction phases along road from Ashton to Montagu


In Cogmanskloof, the construction of Phase C6 started early this year. Some rock blasting will be required in this phase, so please keep an eye on the blasting schedule. A stop-go is in place along the entire length of Phase C6. Travellers should expect waiting times of up to 20 minutes.

The roadworks on Phases C3 and C4 is complete, but finishing work along the edges and the construction of stormwater drain, are currently underway. Similarly, the roadworks on Phases C7 and C8 is complete, but finishing work along the edges, including the construction of stormwater drains and stone walls, are currently underway. A short stop-go is in place in Phase C7/C8 to facilitate the construction of the stone walls. This stop-go section includes a portion of road into Montagu (around Voortrekker Bridge) to facilitate the completion of the bridge.

Progress of construction in Montagu


The road construction in Montagu is almost complete. The installation of kerbs and construction of sidewalks are continuing. Some of the last work in Montagu will be the placing of the final asphalt layer in the central part of Long Street, as well as the reinstatement of several road sections in side streets.

Two-way traffic has been reinstated throughout Long Street, since most of the remaining work will take place on the edges of the road. The construction of the western portion of Van Riebeeck Street will commence later this year.

2017 Construction Progress & Holiday Arrangements

Added: (12 Dec 2017)

Progress of Construction in Ashton


The main road construction at the western end of Ashton is complete, between Ashton Cellars and Middle Street. A portion of the south side lanes on the eastern end of Ashton, in the vicinity of the Total Garage, is also complete.

The construction of the new Ashton Bridge is progressing well. The passing traffic will notice the spring points of the concrete arches at the western end of the bridge. Early next year, the temporary support work will be erected to continue with the 23m high arch structure.

The northern half of the main road between Middle Street and Voortrekker Street is currently under construction and will not be open to traffic during the December holidays. However, since there are two lanes on the southern half of the main road, two-way traffic will always be maintained through the town of Ashton without any stop-go's.

Progress of Construction in Cogmanskloof


In Cogmanskloof, the progress of the construction phases* can be summarised as follows:
- Phase C3 is complete, except for the construction of stormwater outlets and final trimming.
- The surfacing of Phase C4 is almost complete and this section of road will be open to traffic during the upcoming holiday period.
- Phases C5 and C6 will be under construction during 2018.
- The majority of Phases C7 and C8 is complete (the portion closest to Montagu). The portion close to the tunnel and the blasting area is still under construction. A stop-go will be in place in this section during the upcoming holiday period.
- The intersection at the turn-off towards Swellendam is being built in phases. The phase consisting of the construction of the south side lanes is complete. The remainder of the Swellendam phases will be completed during 2018.
- The construction of the Boy Retief Bridge in Cogmanskloof is progressing well. The bridge deck is almost complete, and the approach slabs and balustrades will be constructed in the first half of 2018. A short stop-go will be in place over the existing Boy Retief Bridge during the upcoming holiday period.

* A diagram of the construction phases is available in the archives in the bulletin of 16 June 2017.

Progress of Construction in Montagu


The construction work in Montagu has progressed well during 2017. The road construction of Phases* M2A, M2C, M3A, and M3C of Long Street is complete. The central section, Phases M2B and M3B, is not yet complete. However, this section can be utilised by traffic during the holiday period due to the bitumen-stabilised base layer.

Long Street will be open to two-way traffic during the December holiday period. A short stop-go will be implemented at Voortrekker Bridge, at the western entrance to Montagu.

Some of the work that will continue in 2018, will be the construction of the kerbs and sidewalks, the placing of the final asphalt surface layer in the central portion of Long Street (Phases M2B and M3B), and the construction of Voortrekker Bridge at the western entrance to Montagu.

The construction of the western portion of Van Riebeeck Street will commence in 2018.

* A diagram of the construction phases is available in the archives in the bulletin of 16 June 2017.

Stop-go's during holidays


The entire route from Ashton, through Cogmanskloof Pass, to Montagu will be open to traffic during the holidays. However, at some points, the road will be too narrow to allow two-way traffic simultaneously. Short stop-go zones will therefore be implemented at the following locations during the holiday season:
- At Boy Retief Bridge (at km 22.2 in Cogmanskloof)
- At the blasting area (to the east of the tunnel - at km 24.2 in Cogmanskloof)
- At Voortrekker Bridge (on the western end of Montagu).

The waiting times at each stop-go should be less than 5 minutes, but at peak times travellers can expect waiting times of up to 10 minutes at each stop-go.

Arrangements for the year-end holidays


The construction team will have a small team on site throughout the holidays. This team will ensure that the road remains safe by, among other things, fixing potholes, and maintaining the road signs.

To report any problems, please call 073-553-2171 or 071-649-0665. Happy holidays!

Montagu Construction Update

Added: (9 Nov 2017)

Next Construction Phase In Montagu


The construction team has been working hard to complete Phase M2B as quickly as possible. Since the work progressed very well, the construction team is now ready to start construction of Phase M3B.

Even though the construction team will aim to complete Phase M3B as soon as possible, it may be under construction until 16 December 2017. The road will then be open to two-way traffic during the holiday period. Early in 2018, the work, such as the construction of the sidewalks, will continue.


Diagram 1: Latest road construction phase - Phase M3B, Long Street, Montagu


For more details about the other construction phases and the remaining work, such as the sidewalk construction, please visit the archives.

Traffic Flow In Montagu During Construction Phase M3B


During this construction phase, it will not be possible to cross between the southern and northern part of town via Church Street. Instead, traffic will be diverted to the ring-road system on Van Riebeeck Street. Light traffic may use Du Toit/Eyssen Street to cross the Kingna River via the narrow low water bridge.

The traffic flow in Montagu during the current construction phase is shown in Diagram 2.


Diagram 2: Traffic flow during construction phase M3B in Montagu






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.

COMMUNITY NEWSFLASH (14 March): Closure of Van Riebeeck Street between the Asvoëlkrans Guest House and the TR31 (main road) at Voortrekker Bridge:
The western section of Van Riebeeck Street will be closed between Asvoëlkrans Guest House and the TR31 (main road) at Voortrekker Bridge as from Thursday15 March 2018. Traffic travelling westward down Van Riebeeck Street towards Ashton will therefore have to turn right into Church Street and proceed down to Long Street, where it must turn left to Ashton.
This closure is necessary for the reconstruction and appurtenant works required on the lower section of Van Riebeeck Street. It is expected that this work, which includes the relocation of major watermains and the construction a 300m long Reinforced Earth wall, will take approximately 12 months to complete. This section of Van Riebeeck Street will therefore be re-opened to traffic during the first quarter of 2019.

Here is a list of bulletins and articles that have been archived:
2015-07-25 Article 1 about project on webpage
2015-08-25 Article 2 about project on webpage
2015-09-24 Montagu Liaison Committee Role
2015-10-xxx 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 (January 2016 to March 2016)
2016-02-17 Bulletin: Construction Update & Montagu Phases
2016-03-10 Blasting Schedule (March 2016 to May 2016)
2016-04-22 Newsflash: Crane at Ashton Bridge
2016-05-26 Bulletin: Revised Construction Phases and Programme in Montagu
2016-05-26 Blasting Schedule (June 2016 to August 2016)
2016-05-27 Blasting Schedule Corrections (June 2016 to August 2016)
2016-06-21 Blasting Schedule (June 2016 to August 2016)
2016-08-27 Bulletin: Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street
2016-08-29 Blasting Schedule (August 2016 to October 2016)
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 & Zandfliet 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, 27 July 2017
2017-08-14 Bulletin: Stormwater system installation in Church Street, Montagu
2017-10-05 Bulletin: Montagu Construction Update






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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