08 Mar Upgrades ensure the Maputo Corridor remains in line with international standards
The upgrade and rehabilitation of certain sections of the N4 Toll Route is progressing well and Trans African Concessions (TRAC) is confident that the road works being undertaken will ensure that the Maputo Corridor remains on par with world standards.
The expansion and rehabilitation works between the Highveld and OR Tambo Interchanges, which commenced in April 2017, is still underway. The project comprises expansion of parts of this section into a six (6)-lane carriageway. The project also consists of the widening of eight (8) bridges, pavement rehabilitation and ancillary works. Completion still due for September 2018.
Although the new lanes have been built, the overlay is still required – a task that is expected to commence in due course. As from the middle of March 2018 the rehabilitation of the slow lanes and shoulder on both the eastbound and westbound will also commence. Road users are warned that this may result in lane restrictions during daytime and therefore they are urged to be cautious, adhere to all road construction-related signage and plan their trips accordingly.
Another section of the N4 Toll Route under construction is Section 6 E between Malaga Hotel and Montrose in the Lowveld. Phase 2 of this triple phase project is well underway and includes the construction of five (5) kilometres of passing lanes and extensive rehabilitation work on 23 kilometres of pavement. It also includes the widening of culverts and bridges as well as ancillary works.
Due to the topography of the section, permanent Stop/Go’s have been in place since the start of the project with the average stoppage time at each Stop/Go being approximately 20 minutes. Waiting times may however differ from day-to-day depending on the daily traffic count and construction needs. TRAC is however pleased to announce that the project remains on track to be concluded by September 2018.
The upgrade of the N4 between Hectorspruit to the Strydomblock Intersection is complete and all those who have travelled this section over the last few weeks can testify that the recent rehabilitation and upgrade was well worth it.
TRAC’s extensive upgrades on the Mozambican side of the N4 Toll Route continue. The rehabilitation of Section 16 (between Ressano Garcia and Moamba) may be slightly delayed, but much progress can be noted. Two permanent Stop/Go’s are currently in effect and delays of approximately 15 minutes can be expected. The project was expected to be complete in December 2017 but is now expected to be completed by the end of April 2018.
The upgrade of the N4 in Maputo, also referred to as MDC Sections 19 and 20, is also ongoing, albeit also slightly behind schedule. This project includes comprehensive roadworks between the Shoprite Centre Intersection in Matola and the 16 of June Circle in Maputo. It further includes the construction of two (2) additional lanes (one in each direction) which in turn will result in a six (6)-lane carriageway in this section.
The rehabilitation of the pavement and the widening of seven (7) structures also forms part of the construction works which are now estimated to be concluded at the beginning of 2019. Given that this is the busiest section of the entire N4 Toll Route managed by TRAC, there will be no lane closures, however, lane deviations and partial closure of intersections will require speed restrictions as part of the safety measures. The latter does affect traffic flow, especially during peak times, and road users are urged to be cautious, vigilant and patient.
Solange Soares Nicholson
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