Another upgrade planned

2010-11-15 00:00

WITH the N3/Chota Motala Road upgrade well under way, proposals have been made for further rehabilitation along the N3, this time between the Lynnfield Park interchange and Cedara.

Nicole Marneweck, environmental consultant for Acer Africa, said the proposal made by the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has been divided into two contracts:

• The upgrading and rehabilitation of N3 sections two and three from the Lynnfield Park interchange to the Market Road interchange.

The roadworks on section two will span 31,7 km, and the section three roadworks 6,8 km.

• The upgrading and rehabilitation of N3 section three between the Epworth interchange and Athlone as well as section four between the Hilton interchange and Cedara interchange.

A total of 29,4 km of road surface will be worked on for section three, while the section four road rehabilitation will be significantly shorter at 1,6 km.

Marneweck said that in terms of environmental regulations “… these projects trigger a number of listed activities for which environmental authorisation is required”.

She said the basic assessments for both contracts have been run together and, having been initiated in February, are nearing finalisation.

Marneweck said parties who are interested in or affected by the project can go through the draft basic assessment reports, which are accessible for public review at the following venues:

• Msunduzi Public Library, 260 Church Street, 033 392 2650

• Ashburton Public Library, Ashburton opposite Spar, 033 326 1844

• Howick Public Library, 30 Main Street, 033 239 9236

• Hilton Public Library, Hilton Avenue, 033 343 4574

The reports can also be accessed via

The closing date for comments is December 14.

All comments received will be included in the final basic assessment reports before being submitted for consideration by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), said Marneweck.

“You will be notified once a decision on the environmental authorisation has been issued by [the] DEA,” she said.

According to one of the reports, the contractor will have to come up with a traffic control plan that Sanral will have to approve.

“During construction there will be ongoing engagement” among the construction contractors, the Road Traffic Inspectorate “and other relevant traffic authorities to manage traffic flows,” the report states.



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