Update on N1 Plattekloof roadworks
A R487 million Department of Transport and Public Works project to upgrade a section of the N1 between Plattekloof Road and Old Oak Interchange is expected to be completed early in May 2019.
The current detour through the Old Oak Road southbound carriageway and temporary re-laning through the Old Oak Road/ Eversdal Way intersection will remain in place for the time being. By the end of January, the temporary cross-over on the median island of Old Oak Road will be removed, the Old Oak West bridge reopened, and both carriageways opened to traffic. Reopening the bridge will enable the scaffolding in the N1 median to be taken away so that work on the median island can be completed.
The major items of outstanding work are the completion of the third lane extension along the median island from Durban Road Interchange to the R300 Interchange, as well as the auxiliary lanes between Jip de Jager Avenue and Durban Road (outbound) and Jip de Jager and Plattekloof Road (inbound).
Final ultra-thin friction course surfacing will be applied to the N1 between Durban Road Interchange and the R300 Interchange in February and March. To avoid disrupting traffic during the week, and because it enables better surfacing quality, this work will be done over three weekends using full closures of parts of the N1 with detours around sections under construction.
This project is creating a number of short-term job and skills development opportunities. As of November 2018, R39 million has been spent on targeted labour and targeted enterprises, and 36 661 person-days of work have been created for people from the City of Cape Town municipal areas bordering on the N1.