Travel time between Joburg and Durban is expected to be considerably reduced once the upgrade of the N3 is completed by the SANRAL.
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille conducted an oversight visit to get an update on the multi-billion Rand project on Thursday.
The project value is approximately R1.4billion of which R82.5million has been spent to date. The N3 upgrade forms an integral part of the government’s Strategic Integrated Projects as part of the Durban-Free State-Gauteng Logistics and Industrial Corridor.
“It aims to strengthen the logistics and transport corridor between South Africa’s main industrial hubs, improve access to Durban’s export and import facilities and raise efficiency along the corridor. It is the busiest road freight corridor in South Africa with over seventy million tons of freight per annum transported by road,” De Lille said.
The upgrade to the N3, she said, would alleviate congestion on roads around the port and on the crucial N3 corridor which links the port of Durban and Gauteng.
De Lille said it should shorten turnaround times for freight-carrying vehicles, reduce accidents, increase profitability and contribute to economic growth.
The existing 4-lane dual carriageway will be upgraded to an 8-lane dual carriageway by widening to the median and outer shoulders over a distance of 6.4km.
She said the SANRAL Board approved the award of the construction contract in November 2020 and work on-site started in April. The contract period is 51 months and is scheduled to complete on April 12, 2025.
De Lille explained that current work includes widening of the N3 median, piling in the median for the future Camperdown Interchange pier, temporary pavement maintenance on the N3 and local roads, installation of temporary concrete barriers to protect the works and earthworks for the fill widenings.
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