The rehabilitation project between Montrose and Schagen on the N4 Toll Route is quickly reaching the halfway mark, with 48% of the roadworks officially complete.
The R100-million project near Mbombela (Nelspruit) commenced in May this year and will see 11km of Section 7A rehabilitated. Roadworks, which were estimated to last 14 months, include the rehabilitation of the existing slow lane and overlaying of the entire carriageway.
According to the main contractor, Tau Pele, the project is running smoothly with no major delays or complications experienced thus far. However, given the tricky topography of the road at this section, lane deviations and Stop/Gos have been put into place which has had a negative impact on traffic flow and safety. Safety concerns stem from a lack of compliance, by road users, towards road construction warning signs and speed restrictions. Both Tau Pele and TRAC urge road users to obey these for their own and others’ safety.
In line with TRAC’s commitment to the communities along the route, the project is benefitting the local community with 36 locals employed at the site. In addition, the subcontractor value for local SMMEs is valued at R12-million.
Given the traffic accommodations in place, road users are advised to expect delays in this area. We urge members of the public to visit our website, www.tracn4.co.za, for regular updates and to plan their trips accordingly. Road users can also follow us on Twitter, @TRACN4route, for real-time notifications.
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.