TRAC keeps N4 Toll Route on par with world standards

To ensure a road like the TRAC N4 Toll Route complies with world class standards, regular upgrading, rehabilitation and maintenance are necessary. Although this may at times be inconvenient to road users, the long-term benefits outweigh the short-term traffic disruptions as such road improvements result in a safer, easier-to-use highway.

Expansion and rehabilitation work between the Clewer and OR Tambo Interchanges commenced in April 2017 and will see a portion of this section of the highway expanded to a six-lane facility. Road works will be conducted in the median for the expansion works on the N4 Section 3 between km 19 and km 31. The upgrade will also require the widening of eight bridges.

This R290-million project will also include pavement rehabilitation as well as ancillary works such as guardrails and drainage upgrades. However, despite the extensive road works, traffic is not expected to be severely disrupted as two lanes, with deviations, will be operational throughout the upgrade.

Another section of the TRAC N4 toll road under construction is the section between Malaga Hotel and Montrose intersection in Elandsvalley. This project, which also started in April 2017, primarily consists of adding five kilometres of passing lanes. Extensive rehabilitation of 23 kilometres of pavement will also be carried out as well as the widening of culverts and bridges and ancillary works. Due to the topography in this section, permanent Stop/Go’s will be operational throughout the 18-month long project with an average of 30 minutes delay expected.
TRAC’s extensive upgrades on the Mozambican side of the N4 toll road are also ongoing.


Be on the lookout for construction along the N4

The scope of work, between Ressano Garcia and Moamba not only includes the rehabilitation of the road, but also of six bridges, including the Moamba interchange. Two permanent Stop/Go’s are currently in effect in this section and delays of approximately 15 minutes can be expected.

The much-anticipated upgrade of the N4 in Maputo, also referred to as MDC Sections 19 and 20, got underway in May 2017 and will include comprehensive road works between the Shoprite Centre Intersection in Matola and the 16 of June Circle in Maputo. The extensive project will include the construction of two additional lanes (one in each direction) which in turn will result in a six lane carriageway in this section – the busiest on our 570km trans-border route.

The rehabilitation of the pavement and the widening of seven structures will also form part of the construction works which are estimated to take approximately 20 months to conclude. Although there will be no lane closures, lane deviations and partial closure of intersections will require speed restrictions as part of the safety measures. This, in turn, may affect traffic flow, especially during peak times.

The BIC Intersection is currently partially closed to accommodate Phase 1 of the project.

The closure has resulted in the following traffic flow limitations:

a) Road users coming from the direction of Cinema 700 or from the old Matola road are unable to cross the N4.
b) Road users travelling westbound (from Maputo/Shoprite) are unable to turn right.

Read this week’s WITBANK NEWS to see how these changes will affect you and other residents of eMalahleni.

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Trevor Aingworth
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