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Roadworks on the N2 north of Salt Rock are expected to resume in 2-3 weeks.

Rumours that all work on the N2 north of Salt Rock has stopped after the contractor went bankrupt are apparently not true.

This is according to SANRAL project manager Ridhwaan Mahomed.

However, that does not mean all is running smoothly as work on the highway is only expected to resume within the next two to three weeks.

Rumours that Nyoni Projects were paid 70% of the fee up front by SANRAL and then left the site abandoned after going bankrupt have been denied by both the roads agency and the contractor.

“In terms of SANRAL’s contracts, contractors can only be paid up to the value of actual work completed,” said Mahomed.

Mahomed said that in meetings with the contractor it had been established that cash flow was not the cause of the delay.

“As indicated previously, the main cause of the delay is that the contractor is unable to obtain suitable pavement material that meets quality specifications.”.

He said SANRAL had been engaging with both the contractor and consultant firm undertaking the supervision of the construction works to ensure that the works can commence as soon as possible.

“We have agreed in principal with the contractor to try modify the pavement structure to prevent further delays.”

Work on this stretch of road was originally expected to be finished in February and is now planned for completion early in 2018.

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