Construction works on 11 km of the N1 begin
Work on the R71 million Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) periodic maintenance project to repair and resurface the N1 between the Black River bridge interchange and the Plattekloof Road interchange commenced on 20 January 2021. If everything goes according to plan, work on this 11 km stretch of road is expected to be complete by the end of July 2021.
The project involves removing existing asphalt surfacing, undertaking repairs, patching and sealing cracks where this is necessary, and resurfacing the pavement with an ultra-thin friction course (UTFC) top layer. The contract with Triamic Construction (a division of Haw & Inglis) and consulting engineers SMEC South Africa, also includes work on some of the ramps and service road intersections along the route.
The N1 is one of Cape Town’s busiest roads. The stretch under construction currently carries between 140 00 and 150 000 vehicles per day, and the last refurbishment was done in 2006. To minimise traffic disruption, construction will take place in one lane of each carriageway at a time, and road closures on the N1 will only be undertaken at night and on weekends. At least one lane will be open at all times in both the inbound and outbound directions.
Where work is being undertaken on ramps and intersections, motorists can expect half the roadway to be open, and traffic flow will be managed with stop/ go controls. The contractor will ensure that flag operators are effectively deployed and that all necessary temporary road signage is well maintained. The City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality (which is also the maintenance agent of this project) will manage the flow of information to landowners and others affected by this project – that is, people living close to the N1 in Wards 1, 2, 4, 5, 27, 55 and 56.
Well-maintained roads are important social goods that support the economic growth of the Western Cape by enabling the rapid movement of people and goods. They also provide access to opportunities for residents, for example, better access to work opportunities, economic opportunities, and social amenities. DTPW understands that roadworks are frustrating for motorists, but the end result will be a better and safer road for the benefit of all residents of the province.
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