Plastic evolution for new Darwin Road dual carriageway

The Darwin Road construction project is complete.

After almost a year under construction, the Darwin Road dual carriageway has been completed – and the road’s kerbs are made from recycled plastic to help the environment.

The R34.5m project saw a partnership between the City and Buh-Rein Property Development, which owns 3 500 residential properties and 2000m² commercial land in Kraaifontein, says mayoral committee member for urban mobility Rob Quintas.

The road’s upgrades include walking and cycling lanes and the dualling of Darwin Road from Brighton Road to Mostert Street. There are also traffic circles at Dan King Road, Mosselbank Street and Mostert Street.

The contractors used conventional construction materials – granular layers and asphalt surfacing – for the road and recycled plastic for a section of the kerbs between Dan King Road and Ascot Street.

The innovation is known as Resin8TM, and it comprises recycled plastic waste to support the concrete.

Darwin Road is one of Kraaifontein’s most congested roads.

The project started in March last year.

“I aim to encourage this sort of green initiative with the City’s road infrastructure projects wherever possible,” Mr Quintas said in a statement.

“It is also always very encouraging for me to hear about the local labour opportunities projects like these create for some individuals and local enterprises.”

The project had created 12 028 man days of employment over a year and paid R1 626 657 in wages, he said.

He added that the dualling of Okavango Road between Brighton Road and Hennop Road was in the planning stages.