The upgrade planned for the Adams Road Interchange at Amanzimtoti is necessary to alleviate the congestion currently being experienced by road users in this area. The aim is to improve the traffic capacity, which will reduce delays that motorists experience.
The upgrade has been planned jointly with Ethekwini Municipality as substantial upgrading is required to the local road network adjacent to the interchange.
SANRAL has no plans to use any of the overpass bridges or pedestrian bridges for camera installations related to Open Road Tolling or traffic violations enforcement purposes. The red dots on the bid documents indicate the positions of bus and taxi lay-bys, not toll infrastructure as alleged by some.
At this stage the Adams Road Interchange upgrade is awaiting the completion of the detailed design plans and obtaining the necessary environmental authorisations. The construction phase is currently not budgeted for but further discussions will be held with the Ethekwini Municipality to possibly provide a share of the construction cost similar to how the Umgeni Interchange was funded.
It has to be noted that upgrading of the interchange is separate from the N2 Wild Coast Toll project.
The Adams Road upgrade is required due to congestion and safety concerns, which are expected to worsen significantly in the short term.
The upgrade has been considered as part of the wider metropolitan road infrastructure upgrades to support local and regional economic activity. It is expected that the upgrades will encourage the free flow of traffic within Amanzimtoti with reduced congestion, which will encourage local economic activity.
Drainage design forms a major part of the technical development of the interchange upgrade project and specialist engineers are engaged to ensure that the local drainage systems are upgraded where required so as not to pose a safety and operational risk to the interchange and the surrounding areas.