R400?million highway project to expand lanes gets the green light

2014-10-29 00:00

A MULTI-MILLION rand upgrade of the N3 toll highway between the Cedara interchange and Howick in the Midlands is set to get under way early next year.

The R400 million project, authorised by the department of Environmental Affairs this month, will see the highway being upgraded from the current four-lane dual carriageway to a six-lane dual carriageway over a period of two years.

This is South African Road Agency Limited’s (Sanral) plan to improve road safety and ease congestion by widening the highway there.

According to Environmental Affairs, the road widening will take place inside the median. The existing road will be widened by more than six metres over approximately 14 kilometres.

Where the road is constructed within five kilometres of the Midmar protected area, there will be no impact emanating from the project.

Sanral’s Ravi Ronny said N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) will fund the expansion works at an estimated value of R400 million.

“There will be no e-toll or toll gantries on this section as this section of the N3 is already part of a declared toll road currently operated by the N3TC.”

He said all construction work, including maintenance, is funded by the N3TC from toll fees collected at their current toll plazas. He added that there have been no objections and an environmental authorisation process, which included public participation, has been completed.

The contractor will be appointed next year.

Although the development runs through five wards in the area, Environmental Affairs communications chief director Albi Modise said no households will be affected.

“There will be no additional land required and no one will be relocated. During the environmental authorisation process, residents of the surrounding areas will not be harmed,” said Modise.

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