Transport infrastructure management company Tolcon has been given the go-ahead to continue with two freeway management system contracts totalling R1.7-billion, awarded by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) in 2020, but delayed by court action from competing bidders.
“Subsequent to the court judgment that was handed down on June 17, the Tolcon contract was reinstated on July 1,” confirms Sanral traffic management project manager Siveshni Pillay.
Tolcon says it “is pleased to be able to resume the works on the two freeway management system contracts as directed by Sanral, and that it looks forward to fulfilling the related contractual commitments”.
The contracts will see the company design, build, operate and maintain a freeway management system for Gauteng, at a cost of R891-million, and one in the Western Cape, at a cost of R830-million.
Tolcon will be required to manage freeway traffic by means of the use of intelligent transport system technologies in order to optimise the use of the road infrastructure.
These systems are to reduce delays and improve the safety of anyone travelling on the freeways.
The technology to be used will include CCTV cameras, traffic sensors, ramp metering, traveller information dissemination technologies such as variable message signs, and a variety of data sources allowing the observation of traffic conditions and identification of any incidents and any potentially dangerous situations that may occur.