Plan to build ‘missing link’ road

Centurion will finally get the missing link to connect Rooihuiskraal Road with Old Johannesburg Road.

This was revealed when the metro’s roads and transport department presented a report to the city council last week on the completion of Lenchen Road.

The council approved the recommendations in the report.

The report informed the council of an offer by the developer of Rooihuiskraal North Extension 34, 35 and 36 (Ignobilis Fund (Pty) Ltd) to construct the missing link of Lenchen Avenue in Centurion between the current access to the Rooihuiskraal North Extension 27 township and Rooihuiskraal Road.

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This road currently extends between its intersection with River Road in the east, runs through the Centurion CBD as a one-way pair, crosses the N14-freeway and the Old Johannesburg Road, and terminates at the access to the Rooihuiskraal North Extension 27 development.

Further to the west, another portion of Lenchen Avenue between Rooihuiskraal Road and Rooihuiskraal North Extension 48 was recently constructed by another developer.

There is thus a missing link on this road – between the access to the Rooihuiskraal North Extension 27 township in the east, up to Rooihuiskraal Road in the west.

Constructing the “link” section of Lenchen Avenue has been on the cards for many years, said councillor Cindy Billson, in whose ward the development would fall.

Later, the plans were incorporated in the City of Tshwane’s Roads Network Plan for the area.

Billson told the council that the construction of the Lenchen Road link would provide opportunities, growth, and skills development “as noted in the analyses done in the impact study for the venture”.

“This initiative is not new,” she said.

“It has been part of the Road Network Plan for the Centurion area since the proclamation of the precinct.”

There were major direct benefits from the re-distribution of the traffic, currently carried especially from Olievenhoutbosch on Theuns van Niekerk Road and Escort roads, she said.

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“Furthermore, this initiative is congruent with the planned provincial government rehabilitation programme for the N14 Highway.”

This was a strategic venture with private investors, she said.

“The Lenchen Road ‘lost’ link portion would be donated to the city post construction and, in such, the City will gain a development benefit of at least R40 million with no capital outlay.”

The report recommended that:

– The council take note of the offer by the developer of Rooihuiskraal North Extension 34, 35 and 36, Ignobilis Fund (Pty) Ltd, to construct the missing link of Lenchen Avenue, between the existing access to Rooihuiskraal North Extension 27 township and Rooihuiskraal Road, at his cost.

– That a portion of Erf 1390, Rooihuiskraal North Extension 16, and a portion of the Remainder of Portion 5 of the farm Brakfontein 399-JR that is required for the construction of Lenchen Avenue be obtained by the developer and donated at no cost to the City once Lenchen Avenue had been constructed.

– That the council consent to the granting of the right-of-way servitude in favour of the general public over Portion 22 of the farm Brakfontein 399-JR, at no cost for the City of Tshwane. The right-of-way servitude measures a total area of 1605 m².

– That notice of the granting of the right-of-way servitude be given in terms of municipal laws. Should no objections and/or representations be received, the process must be proceeded with.

Should there be any objections or representations, the granting of servitudes together with such objections and/or representations should be submitted to the Council for consideration and a resolution.

– That the portions of land which are to be donated to the City by the developer, as well as the right-of-way servitude over Portion 22 of the farm Brakfontein 399-JR, be taken up in the property asset register.

– That the developer constructs the road as a class 3 road inclusive of the relevant infrastructure, as specified in the classification.

The council approved all the recommendations.

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Vivien van der Sandt

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