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Lenchen Road extension project expected to be finished January next year

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If everything goes according to plan, motorists will be using the fully extended Lenchen Road in Centurion by January next year.

This was according to Francois Mouton, CEO of local company Power of Co, which took on the project.

Once completed, Lenchen Road would link Old Johannesburg and Rooihuiskraal roads which are often heavily congested, much to the chagrin of Centurion residents.

The road was also expected to ease congestion on the N14.

Lenchen Road has been labelled as a “missing link” road and residents have been urging the metro to open the road for many years.

The project to build the road began a few years ago and forms part of a larger development project in the area.

In May 2018, the project was finally given the green light by the metro, and Power of Co jumped in to fund and develop the project themselves.

Mouton said the construction cost the company R40-million and 2.5km of road has already been built, leaving only 1.5km left to build.

“We have been working hard on this for about two years now and things are going well,” said Mouton.

“If everything goes according to plan, we should be done with this road by January next year.”

Building the road is only a small part of the job however as the infrastructure around the road has to be built first to ensure it is fully operational.

Mouton and his team had to build entire new sewerage systems, waterworks and electricity connections before construction of the road could actually begin.

“Many people assume that you just lay down the tar and there you have a road but that’s not correct. A road can’t exist without the right infrastructure around it,” he said.

Mouton added that one of the biggest stumbling blocks in getting the project off the ground was getting permission from the metro.

“We had countless meetings and discussions with them before we got permission to start our project,” he said.

2.5km of the road has already been built.

The project received even more momentum in August 2018 when Mouton and his company came to an agreement with the residential estate that owns the land that the road is being built on.

Another major obstacle was cleaning and clearing the land the road is being built on before construction of the road could officially begin.

Once that was done, Power of Co started planning the construction and getting all the equipment ready.

According to Mouton, the project is divided into two phases.

The first phase included upgrading the Old Johannesburg Road and adding an extra intersection.

Phase two will involve linking Lenchen Road with Rooihuiskraal and the Old Johannesburg Road.

“This road will be beneficial for all residents of Centurion and will only increase the quality of life here,” he said.

“It will also put less strain on the Old Johannesburg Road and surrounding roads which are constantly congested.

“Traffic can be an absolute nightmare in this city and this road will ensure that things will even out and people can get to work on time,” said Mouton.

Ward councillor Cindy Bilson was very happy with the progress being made so far.

“It’s a massive undertaking, especially when you consider it’s all being done by one company and that they are funding it all by themselves,” said Bilson.

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