Chota Motala: brace for more delays, motorists told

2012-05-03 00:00

SLOW down and have patience.

This was the advice from the site manager of the Chota Motala interchange N3 upgrade, Bradley Naidoo, yesterday. He pleaded with motorists to reduce their speed when entering the construction zone.

He said there would be several traffic flow changes over the next six months, and that patience was a must. Motorists should observe all the road signs in place and heed traffic officials, he added.

The Witness has been flooded with calls from northern suburb residents complaining of being stuck for hours in traffic to and from work daily.

Other motorists on the N3 have bemoaned the lengthy delays and repeated congestion on the approach to the roadworks.

An angry resident from Mountain Rise said that to compound problems, traffic officers conducted a roadblock in Greytown Road and Manning Avenue yesterday morning taht slowed traffic down and made him late for work. He said he left his home for work at 7 am but got to the office only at 8.45 am.

“They were stopping cars and asking for licences,” the motorist said.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said the roadblock was part of normal traffic control and enforcement in response to numerous complaints of reckless and negligent driving in that area.

He said delays were also caused by an accident on Manning Avenue involving three cars in a pile-up at about 6.45 am. There were also two broken-down vehicles along Manning Avenue.

The delays were especially heavy on Freedom Day, when north-bound traffic took up to 20 minutes to traverse the kilometre-long bottleneck underneath the new flyover being constructed at Chota Motala.

Naidoo said there were signs on the N3 leading into the construction zone warning traffic of the necessary accommodation, and Road Traffic Inspectorate officials were on site controlling the deviations.

The interchange is due to be completed by the end of the year.

Naidoo told The Witness that the stretch of Chota Motala Road between Ottos Bluff and M.L Sultan School would be completed by September.

The stretch of road from M.L. Sultan School to East Street would be completed by December due to additional work for the Brookside Mall development.

After that, Naidoo said, the N3 concrete paving overlay should be completed by mid December.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

Closures

• Chota Motala Road (both directions) and the N3 north- and southbound between Manning Avenue bridge to Chatterton Road bridge.

• N3 northbound fast lane is closed to traffic from sunset to sunrise every day, due to the restricted clearance.

• Sections of the N3 will be in contra-flow at different times in the course of the next seven months in order for the concrete overlays to be done.

• Chota Motala traffic will be intermittently contra-flowed to allow for asphalting operations. This will occur between 8.30 am to 4 pm on certain days last until the end of August.

MAIN ROADS AFFECTED BY CONSTRUCTION

• People commuting from the northern suburbs should take Manning and Ohrtmann toads into the CBD and then enter Boshoff Street if they want to access the Midlands Liberty Mall or the N3 to Johannesburg.

• People commuting to the northern suburbs are advised to use Manning and Ohrtmann roads.

• The alternative route for the N3 is the R103.

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