Chota Motala upgrade: ‘So far so good’

2010-07-27 00:00

AUTHORITIES involved with the R280-million Chota Motala/N3 interchange upgrade have given the thumbs-up to the project’s progress so far.

Gunyaziwe Makaula, executive regional manager of the eastern region at the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said: “So far so good. The contractor is catching up with the work schedule that was delayed by relocating services like storm-water drains, sewers and communications lines. We are happy so far.”

However, he expressed concern about many motorists’ failure to respect the speed restrictions in the construction zone, especially on the N3, where the limit is 60km/hour. “We appeal to drivers to obey the speed restrictions because it is a busy section of the road.”

According to Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu, there have been no problems with traffic flow on the N3 so far. “We are experiencing big volumes of traffic, especially during peak hours, but we are making sure there are cars on hand to manage and monitor it. There are delays because of lane closures, but this is inevitable.”

The principal of Forest Hill School, Basil Manual, confirmed that “there has been less drama than I anticipated and pupils walking to school from the CBD are being helped by extra pointsmen on duty in the East Street area.”

The huge hole that has been excavated on the western side of the Chota Motala bridge and lined with concrete is the site of one of the piers or supporting structures of the new six-lane bridge that will replace the current bridge.

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