CONSTRUCTION work on the upgrade of N3 from the Cato Ridge Interchange to the northern end of the Dardanelles Cutting started on 14 April 2021 and is going well, the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has announced.
“The patching and re-surfacing of the existing R103 has been proceeding well and we are now nearing Camperdown with this work,” said Mohamed Parak, SANRAL’s Eastern Region Project Manager. “In order to avoid obstructing traffic, stop/go restrictions on the section of the R103 through Camperdown will be carried out at night and is expected to be completed by the end of July 2021.”
Motorists are advised to take note of the construction activities and to be observant of the advance warning signs, and restrictions, when travelling past the construction work zones.
“We appeal to road users to note and comply with the advance warning signs and speed restrictions when travelling past the construction work zones. Motorists are encouraged to plan their trips accordingly, and to make provision for the additional travel time,” said Parak.
This project is in the district municipality of uMgungundlovu and local municipalities of eThekwini and Mkhambathini. SANRAL has appointed Nyeleti Consulting as the consulting engineers and Raubex Construction as the main contractor for the completion of this works.
“This 48-month construction project will see the upgrade of 6.4kms of the existing four-lane dual carriageway to an eight-lane dual carriageway by widening into the median and outer shoulders. A road-over rail bridge will be extended to accommodate the widening of the road, together with numerous box culverts and pipe culverts. The upgrade will include lighting,” said Parak.
The R103 provincial road, which runs next to the N3, will also be upgraded between the outer limits of the contract. A new section of R103 is being constructed alongside the N3 on the southern side between Camperdown Interchange and the existing R103.