Major N3 upgrade work kickstarts
Sanral announced the resumption of upgrades to the N3 which has been welcomed by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (Edtea).
The project, the first of the N3 series, will involve the upgrade of the portion of the N3 between the Dardanelles interchange and the Lynnfield Park interchange between Cato Ridge and Pietermaritzburg.
The upgrade of the N3 will ensure ease of traffic movement and the continual maintenance will reduce fatalities on our roads. The long-term benefits to both the commuter and to the economy at large far outweigh any inconvenience.
Corné Roux, project engineer, Sanral Eastern Region, said: “We are elated at the start of this package that kickstarts Sanral’s N3 Freeway Upgrade Programme and we hope there will be no further delays in awarding other project packages.”
The construction would result in an investment of R1.48 billion in this section of the highway and create an estimated 700 employment opportunities. The upgrade is a part of the government’s strategy to use infrastructure delivery to kick-start the economy and forms part of the government’s Strategic Integrated Projects SIP2: Durban-Free State-Gauteng Logistics and Industrial Corridor. SIP2 aims to strengthen the logistics and transport corridor between South Africa’s main industrial hubs, improve access to Durban’s export and import facilities and raise efficiency along the corridor.
MOTORISTS can in the meantime expect delays on the N3 between Durban and Pietermaritzburg as the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) kickstarts its upgrade project.
GaGE Consulting are undertaking the geotechnical design, construction detailing and investigations, for the widening and upgrade of the N3 Freeway to 10 lanes at Mariannhill to Keep Ridge.This includes; over 11km of cut and fill retaining walls, Mechanically Stabilised Earth Walls, soil and rock slope stability, rock fall impact barriers, foundation and pile design for several bridges and viaducts.