The De Hoop Dam will inundate two sections of the provincial road P169-1 which currently runs parallel to the Steelpoort River on the eastern side.
The road will be relocated over a length of 20 km to higher ground on the western side of the dam basin. The construction of various access roads to the dam wall is also required.
The construction of the road realigned to maintain access for public users will not only improve and venefit locals in terms of infrastructure development, but will also empower them to secure work opportunities. The project is a Local Economic Development (LED) project.
The main work items for the realignment are the following
- Access road from the new P169-1 road to the dam wall
- Access road from the existing P169-1 to the right flank crest of the dam wall
- Access road and bridge to provide access from the operator housing on the left bank to the outlet works on the right bank
- Access road to Telkom's Uitvlugt tower
- Site road from the existing P169-1 across the Steelpoort River to the construction sites
- A Retaining Wall next to the existing P169-1 at the dam's outlet works and will be 180m long and 2m high.
The bridge structures are the following
- Bridge No 6170 over the Steelpoort River upstream of the dam basin will have 3 spans of 18 metres each
- Bridge No 6071 over the Masekete River will have a single span of 18 metres and 13,95m wide
- Bridge No 6172 over the Steelpoort River downstream of the dam will have 2 spans of 18 metres each.
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The contract for the realignment of the road was awarded to Hillary, Liviero and Eigenbau Joint Venture of 12 June 2007 for an amount of R257 095 650,00 (VAT incl). The completion date is 11 April 2009.
Progress thus far:
- The retaining wall is complete
- The site road is almost complete
- The clearing and fencing for the new P169-1 has started.