N2 roadworks project reaches practical completion
From today, 5 December 2017, motorists have been able to enjoy travelling on the new lanes of the N2 between Borcherds Quarry Rd and the R300. The Department of Transport and Public Works has now completed this R200 million freeway upgrade, which included the addition of a third lane in both directions.
Ride quality, safety and visibility are better. The carrying capacity of the road has improved with an extra lane on each side. This will benefit high-capacity buses and taxis, in particular, because the right-hand lane is a dedicated bus lane during peak periods.
Since the project began in January 2016, many people have benefited directly from the short-term employment and skills training opportunities that the project has delivered. Contract expenditure to date is R19,5-million for targeted enterprises, with about 22 300 person-days of work having been created for people residing in the City of Cape Town municipal area.
The Department is aware that the project created frustration for motorists while construction was under way. We would like to thank each of the 82 000 motorists that travel on this section of the N2 every day for their patience and understanding.
The second phase of the project – the construction of a bridge and interchange from Eisleben road onto the N2 – is in the planning phase.