Heavy traffic disruptions are expected on Johannesburg roads as three of the city’s major bridges on the M1 freeway will be under rehabilitation from the end of this month.
The Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) authorities have confirmed that the project will see the closure of some lanes on the freeway and have urged road users to budget more time on their travelling or use public transport.
The acting managing director of JRA, Mpho Kau, said the revitalisation project on Oxford and Federation bridges would be concluded by February next year, and that improvements on the double-decker section would only be completed in May 2017.
Kau advised road users to add at least an extra 30 minutes to their travelling time.
He said the JRA was aware that the project was going to result in major delays on traffic, but “JRA have put in place a comprehensive plan to mitigate the impact and cause the minimum levels of disruption”.
Member of the mayoral committee for transport, Christine Walters, said although the city was aware that the project would inconvenience about 80 000 private cars, commercial traffic and public transport, the construction would be halted during morning and afternoon peak hours.
Work would be stepped up in the evenings and over weekends.
During construction certain changes will be made, including:
- The Northbound carriage of the M1 – carrying traffic from Soweto – and the M2 will be reduced to two lanes between the St Andrews off-ramps and Killarney as of February 29, until the end of the year.
- The Southbound carriage of the M1 – carrying traffic from Midrand – will be reduced to two lanes between the Killarney and St Andrews off-ramps as of April 3, until the end of the year.
- The Southern on-ramp on to the M1 from Oxford Road will be closed at Ettrick Road from April 3.
- The Oxford Road off-ramp from the M1 travelling northbound will be closed from August 13.