- Major upgrades to the N2 and N3 freeways are in the works
- It will include the construction of four to five lanes in either direction
- The project is aimed at creating jobs and improving imports and exports via Durban
Major upgrades to the N2 and N3 freeways between Durban and Pietermaritzburg are in the pipeline.
The total project is expected to cost R28.4 billion and will take five to eight years to complete.
The overhaul will include upgrades to both freeways as well as the creation of four to five new lanes.
Sanral has said that it will be awarding tenders to the tune of R8.3 billion this year in connection to the project, Briefly.co.za has gathered. According to the organisation, this freeway project will create some 15 000 jobs.
It forms part of the infrastructure stimulus package put forward by Cyril Ramaphosa last year, according to Business Insider.
Dumisani Nkabinde, a manager at Sanral, says that the project is also aimed at empowering SMMEs in KwaZulu-Natal. As a result, companies will need to be at least 51% black-owned and have a minimum B-BEE Level 2 rating in order to engage in business with Sanral.
Government hopes that the freeway project will have a significant economic ripple effect in terms of improving exports and imports via Durban and improving the transport of goods between Durban and Gauteng.
It will also be aimed at improving the appearance and quality of the highway, such as with the use of noise-reducing asphalt and and more resilient pavements.
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