The extensive upgrade between Belfast and Machadodorp on the N4 Toll Route is progressing well, with 14% already complete.
The R400-million project commenced in March this year and will see 30km of Section 5B rehabilitated and upgraded to a four-lane carriageway. The entire project is expected to take 36 months to complete, and the contractor, WBHO Construction, has confirmed that no delays or complications have been experienced so far.
This is good news given that the project was suspended in 2018 due to community unrest. However, months of negotiations between the eMakhazeni Local Municipality, Trans African Concessions (TRAC), SANRAL and WBHO/Motheo JV resulted in the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and a nod for resuming the project. In line with the MOU, local communities are benefitting extensively from the project and to date 17 local small, medium and micro-enterprises have been appointed and 220 jobs have been created.
Several traffic accommodations have been implemented and will remain in place throughout the construction period, including speed reductions, contraflows and occasional Stop/Gos to remove old road markings. Road users are urged to visit our website, www.tracn4.co.za, for regular updates to assist them to plan their trips accordingly.
TRAC prides itself on offering quality road infrastructure which requires regular upgrades, rehabilitation and routine maintenance. We are aware that roadworks may at times cause traffic disruptions and therefore would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding at construction zones.