Traffic jams on N2 affect service delivery

2015-08-26 06:00

THE municipality said service delivery has been affected by the traffic congestion caused by roadworks on the N2 between Bramlin Interchange and Soutwerke currently underway.

Heavy traffic delays at the N2 dual carriageway have been a cause of frustration for motorists as the congestion has trickled to other parts of the city’s busy roads.

Municipal spokesperson, Mthubanzi Mniki, said they have experienced service delivery delays because delivery vehicles are affected. “The congestion on the N2 portion that is under construction has not necessarily affected other roads but there is traffic that now avoids this section of the N2. They now use Cape Road towards town,” Mniki added.

Mniki said the Metro did not have enough capacity at this stage for traffic point duties to be done because of the closed lane outbound towards Grahamstown.

SANRAL said special maintenance of a 28-kilometre stretch of the dual carriageway N2 commenced on August 3. The project will be completed by December 2016.

Sanral Southern Regional manager, Mbulelo Peterson, said roadworks of the R200 million project are taking place between the Stanford Road and St George’s interchanges in the east bound lane.

Peterson said the project entails special maintenance, including localised repairs, of existing pavement failures, resurfacing and drainage improvements.

Mniki said a portion of the N2 eastbound to Grahamstown was being patrolled by NMBM Traffic officers to assist if needs be, even with broken down vehicles which can further cause delay to free traffic flow. Those vehicles will be removed immediately.

Sanral said a traffic lane will be kept open at all times during the construction stage. “In addition, the work will be restricted to off-peak periods. This portion of the N2 carries very high traffic.

“All efforts will be made to keep traffic disruptions to a minimum, with most of the construction work being undertaken outside peak periods.

“High visibility signage will also be used to warn traffic of impending construction zones. Commuters who use the N2 during peak hours may be required to accommodate longer travel times,” said Peterson.

The project is expected to provide employment for up to 200 individuals.

“Specific aspects of the project have been earmarked for implementation using local SMMEs.

“In addition, technical and business skills training will be provided to improve the capacity of these local SMMEs to tender competitively for construction work,” Peterson said

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