N2 roadworks to be completed by early December
A 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 nearing completion. This project, which will cost approximately R200 million, began in January 2016 and is expected to have been completed late in November 2017.
New streetlighting has been installed to improve the illumination of this portion of the N2. The construction of the final riding surface to improve drainage and skid resistance has commenced and will take approximately three weeks to complete. New lane markings will then be painted and final road signage installed.
Traffic will continue to be restricted to two lanes on both the inbound and outbound roadway. DTPW is aware that some road users believe that the roadway is complete, but the lane restrictions have been necessary to complete the median barrier, streetlighting and preparation for the final road layer. Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and adhere to the speed limit at all times.
Once completed, this road upgrade will provide better ride quality, safety and visibility for the 82 000 vehicles that travel on this section of the N2 every day. The carrying capacity of the road will be improved with an extra lane on each side. This will benefit high-capacity buses and taxis in particular because the right hand lane is designated as a dedicated bus lane during peak periods.
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. A total of 21 619 person-days of work have been created so far for people residing in the City of Cape Town municipal area.