N2 closures alert as building starts on new airport access

2008-07-18 00:00

Construction of the multi-million-rand mega-interchange leading to the new King Shaka airport has begun and there will be major disruptions along the N2 until March 2010.

The interchange is about 20 km north of Umhlanga and 10 km south of Ballito. It has four interchange ramps to allow access to and from the airport, two multi-level bridges and various services, including lighting, to promote traffic safety.

The SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) said yesterday the building of bridge piers in the median of the N2 will mean one lane in each direction will be closed for at least two months. Later, two lanes with a reduced width will be open in each direction until construction ends.

Sanral warned there could be short periods when traffic is prevented from using the N2 altogether, and signs will mark diversions to the M4. Wherever possible, the closures will be made at night.

There will be a reduced height restriction during construction of the lower bridge.

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