Rehabilitation of R74 expected to start soon

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Rehabilitation of R74 expected to start soon

13 Wed, Nov 2014

The Free State Department of Roads and Transport has announced it is in the process of appointing a contractor to rehabilitate the R74, viewed as the gateway to the Drakensberg Mountains.

This is welcome news and we hope the department will deliver on time.
Tourism establishments in the area have suffered desperately low occupancies during the past few years as a result of the exceptionally degraded state of the R74.
Spokesperson for the Roads Department, Hillary Mophete, told Tourism Update “that progress is being made and a tender to rehabilitate and reconstruct the R74 between Harrismith and Oliviershoek was officially published in October.” Subsequently, a consultant has been asked to appoint a contractor to start work on the road in the beginning of December provided that there are no delays caused by weather, such summer rainstorms.
Local tourism businessmen are optimistic that once the road is rehabilitated, a huge improvement in tourism to this diverse and scenic area would result.

2 Comments

  1. de Wets Wild said,

    November 14, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Great news! Now to see how long it takes to come to fruition.

  2. rhinoclub said,

    November 17, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Hold thumbs that all goes according to plan!


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