Periodic maintenance on the N7
Two roadworks projects spanning 16 km of the N7 have been under way for a couple of months: one between the Bosmansdam and Potsdam interchanges (6.4 km); and the other between the Potsdam and Melkbosstrand interchanges (9.6 km). The entire section between Bosmansdam and Melkbos interchange was due for periodic maintenance.
The condition of the road between Refinery and Potsdam interchange was particularly poor, which required urgent intervention to ensure the road remained safe for road users. New bridges at dumani and Barnsley Roads will enable a future link across the N7. in order to construct these bridges, it is necessary to raise a portion of the N7 and reconstruct the entire road pavement structure.
The project for the stretch between Bosmansdam and Potsdam is expected to be completed in April 2021. Work includes building two new bridge underpasses across the N7, the reconstruction of 2.9 km of the highway, and resurfacing from Bosmansdam to Plattekloof.
The project for the stretch between Potsdam and Melkbosstrand is expected to be completed in July 2020 and entails the rehabilitation of the left lane, and the resurfacing of the right lane. Up to 2 km of single lane closures can be expected on this stretch of the N7.
Lane closures have been avoided as far as possible, particularly in the morning peak traffic period (before 09:00) and the afternoon peak (after 15:00). Closures are permitted between the Bosmansdam and Refinery interchanges between 09:00 and 15:00. There are also lane closures between Bosmansdam and Potsdam interchanges between 09:00 and 15:00. A combined total of 70 000 person-days of work will be created as a result of these projects, while up R64 million will be spent on targeted enterprises and suppliers.