N2 roadworks are 69% complete
The Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) project to rehabilitate 7 km of the N2 between Borcherds Quarry Rd and the R300, and to add a third lane in both directions, is 69% complete. This R186 million project began in January 2016 and is expected to have been completed in September 2017.
The first phase of the work on the third lane is nearing completion, and the widening of the Borcherds Quarry Bridge and installation of piles for the future New Eisleben Bridge is complete. Phase 2 of the work on the third lane and Phase 1 of the rehabilitation of the existing middle and left lanes is under way.
About 82 000 vehicles travel on this stretch of road every day. The upgrade will improve the carrying capacity of the road, especially for buses and taxis during peak periods. The ride quality of the road will be improved and better street lighting will be installed. Every attempt will be made to facilitate the flow of traffic and minimise delays.
A temporary access road will be built to maintain access to the Traffic Police Satellite Encampment before Phase 2 roadworks for the third lane commence.
DTPW is committed to creating short-term Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) employment and skills training opportunities. Contract expenditure to date is R12,1 million for targeted enterprises. A total of 13 442 person days person-days of work have been created so far for 80 men and 13 women from the City of Cape Town municipal area.
DTPW values high-quality road infrastructure as an important component of an effective transport system. This infrastructure also makes a substantial contribution to productivity, safety and economic development in the Western Cape.