Work on Chota Motala almost complete

2012-12-13 00:00

COMMUTERS who were stuck in the kilometres-long tailback on the N3 southbound at the the Chota Motala interchange yesterday afternoon will be glad to know the road works are almost completed.

Work on the interchange, as well as the flyover bridge leading on to the N3, will be finished before the end of the year,

The flyover bridge will create a free-flowing traffic system for motorists coming from the northern suburbs of Pietermaritzburg wishing to access the N3 towards Johannesburg, Sanral’s regional manager, Logashri Sewnarain, said in a statement.

“The original bridge on Chota Motala Road only had two lanes in each direction. To gain access to the N3 towards Johannesburg, motorists were forced into a short right turn lane, which seriously disrupted and delayed inbound through traffic,” said Sewnarain.

“This effectively reduced the number of inbound lanes to a single lane. The new bridge has three lanes in each direction as well as the flyover, which enables motorists to gain uninterrupted access onto the N3 towards Johannesburg.”

Sewnarain said the removal of the right turn movement on the bridge meant traffic flow would be able to make an uninterrupted use of the full three inbound lanes.

Sewnarain added that scheduled lane closures will be necessary in order to complete the remaining asphalt surfacing and road marking by December 22.

Due to high rainfall experienced during construction, the completion of the Dorpspruit bridge was scheduled for mid-February.

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