Expected delays due to construction of new bridge over the N1 freeway on Solomon Mahlangu / Erasmusrand


Expected delays due to construction of new bridge over the N1 freeway on Solomon Mahlangu / Erasmusrand

Pretoria, 8 February 2022 – The South African National Road Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) wishes to notify road users to expect slight delays in the evenings on the N1 between the Flying Saucer and Rigel Avenue Interchanges due to the planned construction of the M10 Solomon Mahlangu Overpass in Erasmusrand.

The new bridge is required for the doubling of Solomon Mahlangu Drive and is being paid for by the Castle Gate developers with contributions from Tshwane Municipality. The work was required by the Municipality in support of developments in the area such as Castle Gate Mall.

Progress Hlahla, SANRAL Northern Regional Manager, said that the appointed contractor has already started with site establishment for work to commence as soon as possible to meet the expected date of completion in April 2024.

“The appointed contractor is ready and will be starting with the work sometime this week. The first step will involve the moving of lanes on the northbound side which will allow them to build the abutment. This is scheduled to start on Wednesday 8 February 2023 depending on weather conditions and will take 2 or 3 days to complete. The work will start after the evening peak at 20h00 and finish at the latest 04h30 in the morning,” he said. The work will continue in the evenings from 20h00 on Monday 13 February 2023 weather permitting.

Hlahla warns this may introduce disruptions to the normal travel times for motorists travelling at night resulting in slight delays in some areas.

“Although we note the importance of this infrastructure in terms of promoting road safety, we understand how it disrupts the mobility of our people. As a result, we kindly request motorists to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and use caution when making use of the roads,” said Hlahla.

Motorists are advised to make use of the R21 as an alternative route during these periods. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused during this period and will continue to provide updates to road users as information becomes available.