Work to Start on N2 Grahamstown - Fish River Upgrade in April

JANUARY 14, 2015

Construction work on the upgrading of the N2 between Grahamstown and the Fish River will start in April.

South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) PR and Communications Manager Michelle Ah Shene explains that the work will be implemented in three phases.

She adds that it is estimated that the implementation of all three phases of the project will take between six and seven years to complete.

She says that the construction cost for the full upgrade of the 47 kilometre stretch is estimated at R850 million.

Environmental authorisation for the project has already been issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

The Basic Assessment Report (BAR) for the project states that the upgrading of the 47-kilometre stretch “will improve the level of service of the road to cater for increased traffic volumes over the next 25 years”.

The BAR explains that the work will include a number of “geometric improvements that will increase the design speed to 100 kilometres an hour,” adding that the benefits will include lower user costs, travel-time savings, improved sight distance, leading to a reduction in the number of traffic accidents, and reduced carbon emissions “arising from the lower fuel consumption on the smoother road alignment”.

Sanral plans to widen the road either to the left or the right of the existing road “in order to accommodate two-way traffic during construction” and limit “Stop- Go” restrictions and so “vehicle build-up along the construction areas”.

The BAR points out that the existing road was built in the 1960s and “does not meet the current road-user needs.”

Adjacent landowners have pointed to the number of fatal accidents as a result of poor visibility and sight distance.

The BAR states that the road maintenance programme has been identified as a “contributing factor” towards the success of Strategic Infrastructure Project (SIP) 6.

This is because it will “enhance service delivery capacity and thereby impact positively on the population”. - MetroMinutes.


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