Traffic route options after closure of Johannesburg’s M2

Traffic route options after closure of Johannesburg’s M2

Sections of the M2 Bridge and highway are pictured, 20 August 2018. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

As of 6am on Thursday, rush hour traffic in and around Johannesburg will be severely affected – here are route options to beat the worst of it.

As of 6am on Thursday, rush hour traffic in and around Johannesburg is about to grow exponentially worse as the City of Johannesburg closes the M2 for major construction between Crown Interchange and Maritzburg Street.

“The closure is necessitated by the continuous monitoring and the bridge visual conditions assessment which indicated that the structural integrity of the concrete elements is severely reduced,” said Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba.

“The JRA realised that parts of the support structure have moved and that is affecting the structural stability of some bridges on the M2 motorway. The safety of the Selby bridge cannot be guaranteed for continuous use by motorists and thus the decision for a closure.”

Mashaba noted the bridge was built in the 1960s and was nearing the end of its of its design lifespan.

“A specialist appointed by the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) completed detailed assessments of the affected sections of the bridges. The affected sections suffer from severe cracks that have affected the structural integrity of the sections,” said Mashaba.

He said previous administrations had allowed for a R6.5 billion backlog in the city’s bridge infrastructure.

“In a survey conducted in 2017, 3,900km of our road network fell into the poor or very poor condition. The overall acceptable Condition Indices for bridges in a very good and good condition should be minimum 80%,” Mashaba said.

“Currently only 5.77% of City bridges are in this acceptable condition and 78.38% of City bridges are in a Poor or Very Poor condition. This means the conditions of the bridges has deteriorated to an alarming state.”

Since 2013, 37 bridges have collapsed during the rainy season. The City has 902 bridges that are maintained and managed by the JRA.

“Whilst repairs are under way, I appeal to residents to be patient with the City as we seek to mitigate any loss of life as a result of our infrastructure’s previous neglect,” said Mashaba.

Full closure of the M2 between Crown Interchange and Maritzburg Street

Crown interchange

  • The M2 eastbound will be closed between Crown Interchange and Heidelberg Road.
  • No traffic will be allowed to travel eastbound past the Village Road off ramp at Crown Interchange.
  • Traffic will be allowed to enter the M2 westbound at West Street travelling towards Main Reef Road and the M1 southbound.
  • No access to the M1 northbound from the M2.

Heidelberg interchange

  • Traffic will be allowed to enter the M2 eastbound at Heidelberg Road on-ramp or Maritzburg Street on-ramp.
  • The M2 westbound will further be closed between Maritzburg Street off-ramp and Crown Interchange.
  • No traffic will be allowed to travel westbound passed Maritzburg off ramp.

The following on-ramps will be closed

1. Main Reef Road on-ramp onto the M2 eastbound
2. M1 approaching from the south, ramp onto the M2 eastbound
3. M1 approaching from the north, ramp onto the M2 eastbound
4. Simmonds Street on-ramp onto the M2 eastbound
5. Eloff Street on-ramp onto the M2 eastbound
6. Heidelberg Road on-ramp onto the M2 westbound from the south and the north
7. Heidelberg Road on-ramp onto the M2 eastbound from the north
8. Wemmer Pan Road on-ramp onto the M2 westbound
9. Eloff Street on-ramp onto the M2 westbound
10. Booysens Road on-ramp onto the M2 westbound
11. M2 on-ramp onto the M1 travelling north

The following access points will be available to and from the M2

1. Village Road off-ramp
2. Heidelberg Road northern on-ramp onto the M2 eastbound
3. Maritzburg Street off-ramp
4. West Street on-ramp onto the M2 travelling west towards Main Reef or south towards Soweto.

Motorists are advised to make alternatives travel plans.

The following options are available for travel:

  • West bound traffic travelling towards Roodepoort from the east – keep on the N3 and make use of the N12 to access areas to the west and south of the City.
  • East bound traffic travelling towards Germiston from the west – keep travelling on the N1 and make use of the N12 and N3 to access areas to the east of the City.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTES TO THE M2 WESTBOUND OFF-RAMPS

Heidelberg Road exit to travel south

  • If you have previously used the Heidelberg Road exit to travel south along Heidelberg Road, take the Vickers Road exit to access Heidelberg Road.

Heidelberg Road exit to travel north

  • If you have previously used the Heidelberg Road exit to travel north along Heidelberg Road, towards the CBD or Sandton via Joe Slovo.
    – Drivers are advised to take the Maritzburg Street exit, travel along Maritzburg Street until you reach Anderson Street.
    – Turn left to access the CBD.

Joe Slovo on-ramp

To travel towards Joe Slovo Drive.

  • Turn right onto Nugget Street.
  • Turn right onto Marshall Street to access the on-ramp onto Joe Slovo Drive.
  • Alternatively, take the Ruven Road exit and travel along Main Reef Road until you’ve reached Anderson Street.

Rissik Street off-ramp

If you have previously used the Rissik Street exit to travel north into the CBD.

  • Alternatively take the Maritzburg Street exit.
  • Travel along Maritzburg Street until you reach Anderson Street.
  • Turn left and travel along Anderson Street until you reach Rissik Street.
  • Alternatively, take the Ruven Road exit and travel along Main Reef Road until you’ve reached Anderson Street.

Rissik Street exit

If you have previously used the Rissik Street exit to travel south along Eloff Street or west along Trump Street.

  • Alternative route; Take the Maritzburg Street exit.
  • Travel along Maritzburg Street until you reach Anderson Street.
  • Turn left and travel along Anderson Street until you reach Eloff or Simmonds Streets.
  • Turn left at either to access the areas south of the M2.

Main Reef Road off-ramp

If you have previously used the M2 to travel towards Main Reef Road.

  • Alternatively take the Maritzburg Street exit, travel along Maritzburg Street until you reach Anderson Street.
  • Turn left onto Anderson Street, travel along until you reach Main Reef Road in Fordsburg.
  • Turn right and travel along Main Reef Road.

M2 to travel towards Soweto via the M1

If you have previously used the M2 to travel towards Soweto via the M1.

  • Alternatively take the Maritzburg Street exit, travel along Maritzburg Street until you reach Anderson Street.
  • Turn left and travel along Anderson Street until you reach Simmonds Street.
  • Turn left and then right onto Scott Street.
  • Turn right onto West Street to access the on-ramp onto the M1 southbound.

M2 to travel north towards Parktown, Auckland Park or Sandton via the M1

  • If you have previously used the M2 to travel north towards Parktown, Auckland Park or Sandton via the M1.
  • Alternatively take the Maritzburg Street exit, travel along Maritzburg Street until you reach Anderson Street.
  • Turn left and travel along Anderson Street until you reach Ntemi Piliso.
  • Turn right and travel along the Nelson Mandela Bridge.
  • Turn left onto Jorrison Street to access Auckland Park.
  • Alternatively travel along Anderson Street until you reach Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Street, travel along Queen Elizabeth Street and take the Smit Street turn off to get back onto the M1 northbound.
  • To travel towards Joe Slovo, turn right at Nugget and then Marshall Street to access the on-ramp onto Joe Slovo Drive.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTES TO THE M2 EASTBOUND OFF-RAMPS

M2 to travel east from the south of Johannesburg

  • If you are coming from the south along the M1 and used the M2 to travel east, exiting at Rissik Street, Mooi Street or Joe Slovo Drive.
  • Take the Booysens Road exit, travel along Booysens Road until you reach Marshall Street.
  • Turn right and travel along Marshall Street.
  • Use the on-ramp onto Joe Slovo from Marshall Street.
  • Alternatively take the Booysens Road exit and turn right at Klip River Drive, left at Turf Club Road and again at Eloff Street to access the CBD.

M2 to travel east from the north of Johannesburg

If you are coming from the north along the M1 and used the M2 to travel east, exiting at Rissik Street, Mooi Street or Joe Slovo Drive.

  • Take the Village Road exit, travel along Village Road to reach Loveday, Eloff, or Mooi Street.
  • Alternatively take the Village Road exit.
  • Turn left at Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Street.
  • Turn right at Marshall Street to access CBD.
  • Travel along Marshall Street.
  • Use the on-ramp onto Joe Slovo from Marshall Street.

M2 to travel east of Johannesburg

If you are coming from the west along Main Reef Road and used the M2 to travel east, exiting at Rissik Street, Mooi Street or Joe Slovo Drive.

  • Continue straight along Main Reef Road.
  • Turn right at Marshall Street to access the CBD.
  • Travel along Marshall Street.
  • Use the on-ramp onto Joe Slovo from Marshall Street.

M2 travel using Heidelberg Road off-ramp

If you have previously made use of the Heidelberg Road off-ramp to access City Deep.

  • Take the Village Road off ramp and travel along Village Road and Wemmer Jubilee until End Street.
  • Turn left and right at Meikle Street to access Heidelberg Road.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTES TO THE M2 EASTBOUND ON-RAMPS

Simmonds or Eloff Streets on-ramps

  • If you have previously made use of the Simmonds or Eloff Streets on-ramps onto the M2 to travel east, continue straight along Marshall Street.
  • Turn right at Maritzburg Street to access the M2 eastbound.

Heidelberg on-ramp onto the M2 to travel east

  • If you have previously made use of the Heidelberg on-ramp onto the M2 to travel east, make use of Vickers Road to access the M2 travelling eastbound.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTES TO THE M2 WESTBOUND ON-RAMPS

Joe Slovo Drive on-ramp

  • If you have previously made use of the Joe Slovo Drive on-ramp onto the M2 to travel west, take the off-ramp onto Anderson Street and travel west along Anderson Street.
  • Use the West Street on-ramp to travel to the M1 southbound

Heidelberg on-ramp onto the M2

  • If you have previously made use of the Heidelberg on-ramp onto the M2 to travel west, continue straight along Heidelberg Road and exit at End Street to travel along Wemmer Jubilee Road.
  • Turn right at Eloff Street and use Scott and Trump Streets to access the M2 at West Street.

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