Transport Minister Joe Maswangayi is in the Western Cape to monitor progress on the project to upgrade a crucial stretch of the N1 between Plattekloof Road and Old Oak Interchange.
The R487-million project is expected to improve traffic flow on one of Cape Town’s busiest roads. The addition of a third lane in both directions will significantly ease congestion.
Approximately 120 000 vehicles travel along this stretch of road during the morning inbound and afternoon outbound peaks.
According to the Department of Transport, a number of short-term job and skills development opportunities will be created. To date, R9.7 million has been spent on targeted labour, while 12 500 days of work have been created for people from Cape Town.
The project is being implemented in phases, which include new auxiliary lanes, extension of the existing concrete median barrier, intersection improvements along the affected stretch, demolition and reconstruction of the Old Oak West Bridge, and repairs to other bridges.
This project is expected to be completed in April 2019.
During his site inspection, Minister Maswanganyi was accompanied by the Western Cape Member of the Executive Council (MEC) responsible for Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant.
The Minister’s visit forms part of Transport Month activities, which is observed under the theme ‘Together we move South Africa Forward’.
October Transport Month was endorsed by Cabinet and inaugurated in 2005 to raise awareness of the important role of transport in the economy and to encourage participation from civil society and business.
During this month, the provision of a safe and more affordable, accessible and reliable transport system in the country is highlighted. – SAnews.gov.za