About R1.4-billion will be spent on upgrading the N2 between Empangeni and Mtunzini in KwaZulu-Natal, the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) recently announced.
Friday’s announcement by Sanral KZN Eastern Regions manager Logashri Sewnarain comes in the wake of a fatal crash on the N2 which left one man dead, Zululand Observer reported.
The area has become a hotspot over recent years, with many crashes occurring on the same stretch of road.
“Sanral has developed a tool called Netsafe [which] assesses and quantifies road safety risk as a function of specific road features and the road environment.
“Sanral is also implementing various measures to reduce the chances of serious injury or death resulting from road crashes,” she said.
Kim Phillips, a resident of Mtunzini who travels to Empangeni and Richards Bay on a regular basis, said she refuses to drive on the N2 due to the dangerous conditions created by water gathering in puddles in certain areas when it rains.
“I don’t know what can be done. In the past 10 years I have been living in Mtunzini, there have been at least eight deaths that I know of at that exact spot,” Phillips said.
She said there have been many more accidents there, as she notices workers replacing the guard rail on a regular basis.
Richards Bay resident, Standley Shandu, recounted one occasion when he witnessed an Audi R8 hit the same puddle, aquaplane and spin out of control.
“Fortunately for the driver there was no oncoming traffic and he didn’t hit the barrier. But I have seen many accidents here, and heard more people talking about it,” said Shandu.
The N3 between Pietermaritzburg and Durban will also see a major upgrade worth around R15-billion.
– Caxton News Service