HUGE M1 BRIDGE PROJECT: The Johannesburg Roads Agency will perform maintenance on the M1 freeway from Killarney and Crown Interchange from February 2016. Construction is set to be completed in 2017. Image: iStock
Johannesburg - Johannesburg motorists will have to brace themselves for huge traffic delays as extensive road maintenance takes place on the M1 highway later in February 2016.
Construction has already begun on the M1 and bridges from Killarney and Crown Interchange. According to the Johannesburg Roads Agency: "From 27 February 2016, you should expect lane restrictions and closures. This will have a significant impact on
travel time, if you use the M1 Freeway."
How long will the traffic nightmare persist? The Johannesburg Roads Agency says construction is set to be completed in 2017.
Lane closures and restrictions: Published by the JRA
Phase 2: 27 February 2016 to 12 August 2016
Two stage implementation phase: 27 February to 3 April 2016
Northbound carriageway reduced to two lanes. Southbound carriageway to remain 3 lanes.
3 April to August 2016: Southbound carriageway reduced to two lanes. Both
directions to be limited to two lanes. Oxford Road on ramp onto the M1 southbound to be closed at Ettrick Road.
Phase 3: 13 August 2015 to 31 December 2016
Northbound and southbound carriageways reduced to two lanes per direction. Oxford Road off ramp from the M1 travelling northbound to be closed.
From 8 February 2016 to 6 July 2017 limited to the following times:
Week day closures: either left or right-side of carriageway from 9:30am to 2:30pm.
Week day night closures:
One lane closures: 7pm to 8pm and 4am to 5am
Two lane closures: 8pm to 4am
Three lane closures: either left or right-side of carriage way from 11:30pm to 3:30am.
One lane closure: Saturday 5am to 7pm
Two lane closures: Saturday 7pm to 5am Monday
Three lane closures: Saturday 11:30pm to 5am, Sunday 10pm to 3:30am Monday.
M1 construction map and times: Here's all you need to know
The construction project, worth R210 million, will take place on the Oxford and Federation bridges. The JRA reports certain lanes on the double-decker section will be closed until 2017.
According to the JRA: "Construction projects will, unfortunately, result in short-term inconvenience to motorists, residents and the business community. The JRA will, however, attempt to keep disruptions to a minimum, increase traffic management and provide for alternative routes while construction is underway."
"Please be patient, remain courteous and obey traffic signals during this short period of disruption. The long-term benefits of a world-class M1 Freeway bridge network will far outweigh the temporary inconvenience during the rehabilitation phase."
Alternate routes: click on the map below for the full pdf
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