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2016-10-10 13:30

JUST A WHILE LONGER: The roadwork on the N2 alongside Cape Town International airport is expected to be completed by mid-2017. Thus far the project is 40% complete. Image: Supplied / Western Cape Government

Department of Transport and Public Works

Cape Town - The Department of Transport and Public Works claims it is making good progress with a R186-million project to rehabilitate a 7km portion of the N2 between Borcherds Quarry Rd and the R300, and to add a third lane in both directions.

This project began in January 2016, and is expected to be completed in mid-2017. So far, the project is 40% complete.

Phase 1 of the work on the third lane is nearing completion, says the department, and the piling and earthworks to prepare for the future construction of a bridge and interchange from Eisleben Road onto the N2 is complete. 

Steady, swift progress

Current work in progress includes the rehabilitation of the existing left and middle lanes, which includes the recycling of all concrete road materials taken from the old road structure.

These road materials will be broken up, taken off site for crushing to a specified grade, and brought back for reuse in the foundations of the rehabilitated roadway as well as on the new on- and off-ramps, says the Western Cape transport department.

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About 82 000 vehicles travel on the affected stretch of road every day. The upgrade will improve the carrying capacity of the road, especially for buses and taxis during peak periods. The ride quality of the road will be improved and better street lighting will be installed.

Every attempt will be made to facilitate the flow of traffic and minimise delays.

Contract expenditure to date is R8-million for targeted enterprises. A total of 7356 person-days of work have been created so far for 74 men and 12 women from the City of Cape Town municipal area.

A NEW LANE: A third lane is being added to both directions on the reworked road. Image: Supplied / Western Cape Government

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