Motorists in Johannesburg will have leave at least 30 minutes earlier in the mornings, as the city undergoes its R200 million programme to restore three bridges on the M1 freeway.
Motorists are encouraged to consider using alternative routes and public transport.
The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) says the project is only expected to be completed by May next year. The rehabilitation programme is part of a R110bn plan, announced in 2013, to upgrade road infrastructure over 10 years.
The planned restoration work includes structural repairs, tar resurfacing and new road signs. A 2km section of dual carriage freeway between Rockridge and Federation roads will be restored and the storm-water drainage system will be repaired.
The fast lanes on the double-decker section of the freeway between Carr and Anderson street in Newtown will be closed on weekdays during off-peak hours, with increased construction work in the evenings and on weekends.
JRA’s acting MD, Mpho Kau, said the restoration programme will not increase the capacity on the M1 freeway, but his department had completed “capacity improvement assessments” on all the city’s freeways, such as the M1, M2 and the Golden Highway.
The M1 experiences significant traffic congestion, with more than 80,000 using it cars daily. Several public transport systems, including Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the Gautrain railway system aim to alleviate some of the traffic on the M1, as well as the spill-over traffic into other roads around Johannesburg.
Globaltrack warns all trucks that usually use these routes to avoid them at all costs as this will cause delays in delivery to their respective clients and destinations. Furthermore, clients are encouraged to use Webtrack to redefine new routes that their trucks can take to avoid such impending delays.
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