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Expect 51 Months of Traffic Disruptions on N3 between Westville and Paradise Valley

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Motorists using the N3 route between the Westville viaduct and the Paradise Valley Interchange should be ready for traffic disruptions as extensive construction and upgrades are set to commence on October 1, 2023.

The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has announced a substantial R4.7 billion project with an estimated duration of around 51 months.

Andrew Ssekayita, Sanral’s Eastern Region Project Manager, assured, “We will strive to maintain a minimum of three lanes open in each direction on the N3 route at all times. Additionally, on applicable ramps, at least one lane will remain accessible.”

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Ssekayita detailed the project, which encompasses the addition of one and two lanes, ultimately creating a variable four to six-lane dual carriageway, along with supplementary lanes as needed.

The upgrades will extend to Eden Road, Paradise Valley Interchange, Provincial Route 13 (M13), and the Westville Interchange, including Spine Road.

The project will also encompass substantial bridge construction, including the expansion of the Westville and Paradise Valley Viaducts, towering between 25 to 30 meters above their respective valleys.

Traffic management measures will be implemented immediately and sustained throughout the project.

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Contraflow arrangements will be instituted for the construction of bridge overpasses, and occasional night road closures will occur during demolitions, with alternative routes provided.

Ssekayita expressed Sanral’s apologies to all road users for the inconvenience arising from the necessary road construction and upgrades, emphasizing the agency’s commitment to prioritizing safety and security.

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He thanked road users in advance for their patience and understanding during this period.

Key components of the 5.74-kilometre N3 route project include:

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1. Installation of temporary road signs, Stop/Go signals, and other traffic control devices.
2. Provision of pedestrian and public transport facilities, including pedestrian walkways with concrete barriers and taxi laybys.
3. Relocation of services affected by capacity improvements.
4. Mass earthworks for pavement widening, bridge upgrades on affected interchanges, and drainage enhancements.
5. Construction of gravel pavement layers, including selected layers and stabilizing subbase.
6. Construction and widening of new overpasses and bridge structures, such as the Westville Viaduct, Langford Road Overpass, Lancaster Road Overpass, Dudley Road Overpass, St James Avenue Bridge, Eden Road Bridge, and Paradise Valley Viaduct.
7. Electrical work, including the installation of street lighting along the entire section.

Sanral has initiated a three-month mobilization period, encompassing community engagement and procurement planning for targeted enterprises, scheduled to conclude on September 30, 2023.

Areas affected by the construction include Pinetown, Westville, Hillcrest, Kloof, Marrianhill, and Pavillion Mall.

Road users traveling to significant destinations, including the Durban Port and King Shaka International Airport, will also experience the construction’s impact.

During the construction period, motorists are encouraged to consider alternative routes, including M1, M5, M7, M10, M13, M19, and St James Avenue/Harry Gwala.

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