Infrastructure Upgrade: N1 Road & Witkoppen to Close Temporarily

Eskom will replace the Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) and the Earth Wire on the Craighall Minverva 275kV high-voltage transmission overhead powerline crossing the N1 Freeway and Witkoppen Road( News Central TV)

The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has granted state power utility Eskom permission to temporarily close the N1 Freeway between William Nicol and Rivonia off-ramps on Sunday.

In a similar vein, the Department of Roads and Transport in Gauteng also approved the closure of Witkoppen Road between Umhlanga Ave and Estelle Road on Sunday until 4pm.

The road closures were granted in order for Eskom to carry out critical repairs in the region.

Eskom will replace the Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) and the Earth Wire on the Craighall Minverva 275kV high-voltage transmission overhead powerline crossing the N1 Freeway and Witkoppen Road.

Eskom to restrict traffic flow for 2.5 hours as the freeway will be closed in both directions, North and South.

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Eskom explains the “OPGW and Earth Wire will be strung sequentially”, and that traffic must be halted “to allow the joint of the new and old OPGW to be pulled across the N1.

Once this has been completed – estimated to take 15 minutes – traffic will “be allowed to flow with one lane open for the remainder of the stringing”.

The next component of the repair is estimated to last approximately two and half hours. The same process will be carried out on Witkoppen Road.

Eskom thanked commuters for their patience and called on motorists to remain patient while they race to complete the repairs.

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