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Construction taking place on Gauteng’s major roads will come to a halt during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, says Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Roads Agency Nazir Alli.

Nazir Alli told BuaNews during Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele’s first tour of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project on Tuesday that all barricades would be removed from revamped roads.

“We anticipate that there will be no major construction as work will be stopped to allow unimpeded traffic flow during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. There will be full use of three lanes on most roads," he said.

Alli also stated that any work might only continue on bridges. He however could not confirm whether the R21 freeway en route to the airport would be completed in time for the World Cup kick-off. The R21 is currently being expanded to an eight-lane freeway.

The first phase of the GFIP includes upgrades of a total 185 km of freeway network in Gauteng, by adding new lanes and improving lighting, to the tune of R51.1 billion.

Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com

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