In order to improve the current traffic flows and to provide a road network that would stimulate development and economic growth in the province, SANRAL set out to upgrade the existing road infrastructure and to add new road infrastructure. The development of the network is based on the “user-pay” principle (i.e., the network would be a toll road network). The objective of the project was to provide an interconnected network of inner and outer ring roads, and directly link the historically neglected areas of the western and southern townships of Johannesburg with areas such as the East Rand. Scope of services included preliminary investigations, assessment reports, detailed design, contract documentation, tender documentation and processes, construction supervision, and materials investigations and control.
Knight Piésold, leading the tender process, formed the KAS joint venture, which was successfully commissioned to undertake leading civil engineering works associated with the Gauteng East area upgrades and improvements, known as Work Package E – improvements, upgrading, rehabilitation and reconstruction to National Route N3 Section 12: Heidelberg Road to Geldenhuis Interchange. The project involved reconstruction and upgrading of 25 km of road that commenced in July 2007 with a 3-year program. The works included all aspects of road construction and included up-to-date engineering standards and practices involving innovative methods. Road user safety is a priority.