R287m N4 roadworks put on hold for festive season

2013-12-19 13:35


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Cape Town - Holidaymakers will not be affected by roadworks on the N4,  through the Crocodile Gorge towards Mozambique, as the stop/go's will be removed to accommodate the festive season traffic, authorities have said.

Graham Esterhuysen, CEO of Trans African Concessions (TRAC) confirmed that two-way traffic will be reinstated along the N4 over the December period up until January 7.

“Road works have been planned so that the road will be safe to travel and therefore no delays are anticipated. Furthermore there will not be any construction activities,” said Esterhuysen.

The N4 project which began in April 2013 at a cost of R287 million involved the rehabilation of existing road as well as the addition of 8kms of passing lanes.
The project also includes adding a new asphalt surface to the stretch of road and is expected to be completed before the end of 2015 after and estimated 20-months.
Esterhuysen has asked the public to remain vigilent when it comes to road safety and maintain the speed limit as traffic is expected to peak between 20 and 23 December with an estimated 13 000 - 15 000 vehicles expected to pass through the gorge.

"The direction split is normally 70% east and 30% west. Long queues will again be experienced at Komatipoort during this period due to immigration, customs and other procedures at the Lebombo border post,” said Esterhuysen.

He said TRAC has installed toilets on the road approaching the border and will also distribute pamphlets at Nkomazi Plaza advising the public about arrangements before and at the border.

In order to promote traffic discipline on the last kilometer to the border post, TRAC has built a median island to separate inbound and outbound traffic at the border.

The TRAC Help Desk will continue to provide 24/7 roadside assistance on 0800-8722-64.

- African Eye News Service

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