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Goodbye Sani Pass
« on: June 09, 2015, 09:33:19 am »
Well, we have been talking about it for years, now, finally, the inevitable is underway.  :xxbah:

http://moonofthesouth.com/south-africa-lesotho-build-us74m/ 

South Africa, Lesotho build US$74m road to boost tourism traffic - June 5, 2015

Construction of a 33-km road between South Africa and Lesotho, which is set to cost R887 million (about US$74 million) and boost tourism traffic between the two countries, is currently under way, the Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation said this week.

The road, which will facilitate the trip up the Sani Pass to the highest pub in Africa and onwards into the mountain kingdom (Lesotho), will become more accessible and act as a magnet to boost visitor numbers, Mpaiphele Maqutu, CEO of Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation, said.

Asphalt is being laid on the twisting gravel surface of the road, and work is expected to be completed in 2016, the authorities said, adding that the road will provide a more ‘driveable’ link between the South African province of KwaZulu Natal and Lesotho, the authorities said.

“Once completed, the road will act as an attraction to a broader base of tourists and bring new prosperity and economic development to the kingdom,” Maqutu explained.

“This project will bring to life what was envisaged when the South African and Lesotho governments agreed that tarring the road made sense both from an environmental and economic viewpoint.

“This improved access will bring Afriski, Africa’s biggest snow-ski resort, closer and enable enthusiasts – who previously entered Lesotho through the Free State to enjoy the Sani Pass and proceed with ease to the Afriski Mountain resort,” the CEO said.

“At Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation, we believe that the development will encourage more visitors to enjoy our land of mountains and discover more about the country whose entire area lies at an altitude that ranges between 3 482 and 1 400 metres above sea level,” Maqutu said.

“Access via Sani Pass will, we believe, also encourage rather than discourage adventure tourists.

“The drive up the pass will be easier, but the new road will also bring closer features such as the Thabana-Ntlenyana mountain at 3 482m, the highest plateau n Southern Africa, the 192-metre single waterfall drop of Maletsunyane is 192 metre with the world’s highest abseiling cliff.

“At 204 metres, this edifice presents a challenge that few adventure tourists will want to miss,” the authorities added.
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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2015, 09:40:27 am »
I suppose it will still take a while, and the valleys will be littered with rolled and crashed Chinese contruction trucks.... but yes.... its happening.
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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2015, 09:41:48 am »
 :sip:

best plan a trip soon then  :deal:
 

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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2015, 10:08:19 am »
Only in South Africa would we be upset because a beautiful new tarred road is being build!    :ricky:
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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2015, 10:12:08 am »
I suppose I'll just have to don my leathers, grab a superbike and see how long a set of knee sliders will last.    :ricky:
 

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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2015, 10:17:16 am »
I suppose I'll just have to don my leathers, grab a superbike and see how long a set of knee sliders will last.    :ricky:

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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2015, 10:23:32 am »

Construction of a 33-km road between South Africa and Lesotho, which is set to cost R887 million (about US$74 million) and boost tourism traffic between the two countries, is currently under way, the Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation said this week.



I've never built a road before, let alone one up a mountain, but that works out at just under R26.9 million per km :eek7:
 

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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2015, 10:28:47 am »
I've never built a road before, let alone one up a mountain, but that works out at just under R26.9 million per km :eek7:


Roads seem to be a tad expensive to build.

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It all depends on the type of road and land cost as well.

For instance, a three-mile extension of Highway 509 — to create a trucking corridor from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Interstate 5, plus more lanes on I-5 nearby — is now expected to cost $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion, up from an earlier estimate of $900 million, said Metropolitan King County Council member Julia Patterson, D-SeaTac. Patterson is vice-chairwoman of the Regional Transportation Investment District (RTID), a planning committee of county-council members.

State transportation leaders wouldn't comment on the new numbers.

Figures will be released in the next week or two, state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Joy Carpine said. "We're still working on the numbers," she said. However, some local officials got an early briefing this week.


http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/accountability/2005GasTax/QandA.htm
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6. How much does it cost per mile to build a new lane of highway?
It depends on where you are, and factors such as land costs, people or businesses to relocate, environmental needs arising from construction such as noise walls for neighbors and storm water cleaning for streams and wetlands. It also depends on the elements in the project - are we just building a road, or are new bridges or interchanges also included?

Here's a sampling of project construction costs:

+ SR 18 widening in rural King County - about $24.5 million per mile.
+ US 12 widening south of Tri Cities - about $3.7 million per mile.
+ I-5 widening in Vancouver – about $20.2 million per mile.
+ I-90 truck climbing lanes east of Cle Elum and at Vantage – about $1 million per mile.
+ I-5 HOV lanes from Tukwila to Fife – about $7 million per mile.

These costs are for construction only and do not include costs for engineering and design and for a widely-varying factor, land acquisition costs. 

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http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003469356_highways09m.html 
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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2015, 10:30:13 am »

Construction of a 33-km road between South Africa and Lesotho, which is set to cost R887 million (about US$74 million) and boost tourism traffic between the two countries, is currently under way, the Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation said this week.



I've never built a road before, let alone one up a mountain, but that works out at just under R26.9 million per km :eek7:


Not too bad I think considering that a kraal, chicken coup and amphitheatre cost ten times that much.
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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2015, 10:33:43 am »
I recon the engineering and civil expertise will be a considerable chunk of that cost.
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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2015, 10:41:21 am »
I recon the engineering and civil expertise will be a considerable chunk of that cost.
I agree to a point with this but unfortunately I don't believe that any project, of this nature, in SA is completed without some fatcat lining his pockets.
 

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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2015, 10:58:27 am »
I suppose I'll just have to don my leathers, grab a superbike and see how long a set of knee sliders will last.    :ricky:

:thumleft: Sani TT here we come!!!! ;D

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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2015, 11:15:52 am »
I think it will take a lot longer than expected to complete this road.

The logistics of getting aggregate, tar, diesel for the trucks, etc. etc. etc.  is a massive undertaking.

Also, laying tar has to be done in warm (ish) conditions. The temps up there right now are too cold. I found this out from the guys building the road between Letseng and Oxbow. They also have smashed trucks lying around...

Sani will be tarred, but I doubt it will be finished this year.
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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2015, 11:41:23 am »
If it's anything like the new tar road from Maseru to Sebongekeng then the Superbike riders will be there every weekend. Man alive, that road is a thing of pure beauty to ride  :drif:
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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2015, 12:24:01 pm »
If it's anything like the new tar road from Maseru to Sebongekeng then the Superbike riders will be there every weekend. Man alive, that road is a thing of pure beauty to ride  :drif:

I have a feeling that when the soopabikers discover the new tar between Afriski and Letseng I will be scraping them off the sides of the mountain regularly. Man, thats also a very lekker twisty road. But ZERO room for mistakes.
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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2015, 07:54:38 pm »
Sad in a way but old Sani is gone anyway, its so easy to ride already. I went up there a while back when the gravel was smoothe and loose. SA post to the top in under 10 minutes on a GSA.
It will be good for Underberg, Himeville and Lesotho though.
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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2015, 07:57:57 pm »
Never mind. It will only last 3 years max and end up like all the other shit half jobs the Chinese do and then then it'll be fucked for another 20 years. Oh and you'll see the lekker mansion on the side of the road on the way past to be reminded of where the money really went.
 

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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2015, 08:26:28 pm »
I think it will take a lot longer than expected to complete this road.

The logistics of getting aggregate, tar, diesel for the trucks, etc. etc. etc.  is a massive undertaking.

Also, laying tar has to be done in warm (ish) conditions. The temps up there right now are too cold. I found this out from the guys building the road between Letseng and Oxbow. They also have smashed trucks lying around...

Sani will be tarred, but I doubt it will be finished this year.

I have to agree ......

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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2015, 09:04:03 pm »
Lesotho has dosens of awesome dirt passes that will remain dirt for a long time yet. Sani is a beautiful pass to ride , but not a special challenge unless the weather is really bad. Tar or not it will remain beautiful and may even open up the possibility of riding the lesser known passes.
 

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Re: Goodbye Sani Pass
« Reply #19 on: June 09, 2015, 09:24:46 pm »
Lesotho has dosens of awesome dirt passes that will remain dirt for a long time yet. Sani is a beautiful pass to ride , but not a special challenge unless the weather is really bad. Tar or not it will remain beautiful and may even open up the possibility of riding the lesser known passes.



Very true.