The four major construction projects underway on the N4 Toll Route are on track for completion as per their new completion dates. The projects’ timelines had to be extended earlier this year, following the interruption of work due to the coronavirus national lockdown.
The rehabilitation and/or upgrade projects underway are the rehabilitation of the concrete section between the OR Tambo and Van Dyksdrift interchanges in Middelburg, the rehabilitation and upgrade between Belfast and Machadodorp, the Karino Interchange and the rehabilitation and upgrade between Kaapmuiden and Kaalrug in the Nkomazi region.
Rehabilitation between OR Tambo and Van Dyksdrift Interchanges Roadworks commenced earlier this year and are 38% complete. The extensive project, being managed by Raubex Construction, is valued at approximately R380-million. This 19km stretch was
originally built as a concrete road in 1972 and was overlaid in 2008.
The rehabilitation and expansion project includes the removal and replacement of failed concreteslabs and overlaying the entire section. An additional seven kilometres of passing lanes will also be constructed. This project was initially scheduled for completion in November 2021 but has been rescheduled for completion in March 2022.
The extensive upgrade between Belfast and Machadodorp is moving along effectively and is 50% complete. The R400-million project is being done under the auspices of WBHO and includes the construction of an interchange as well as the rehabilitation of 30km of Section 5B. The road in this area will also be upgraded to a four-lane carriageway. Roadworks have been rescheduled for completion in May 2022.
This Mbombela-based project, valued at R390-million, is 50% complete. Also managed by Raubex, the project will see the existing intersection transformed into a grade-separated interchange, with on- and off-ramps and a bridge that will separate cross-traffic from through-traffic and thus ease traffic flow at this extremely busy intersection.
Kaapmuiden to Kaalrug Upgrade
This 15.5km road construction project is being managed by Tau Pele Construction and includes the upgrading of the carriageway to four lanes and the rehabilitation of the existing road. This initiative, valued at R340-million, is 50% complete. Although it was expected to take 22 months to complete, it will now only be concluded in August 2021.
Although TRAC endeavours to prevent major traffic disruptions due to road construction, traffic flow may be affected in certain areas, at specific times, and during peak-traffic time. We therefore urge road users to visit www.tracn4.co.za for regular, real-time updates that will assist them to plan their trips accordingly.