South Africa's Busiest Highways to Get Makeover with R300m Bridge

South Africa's Busiest Highways to Get Makeover with R300m Bridge

- Sanral is working on adding a bridge to the N3 which involves a R300 million project

- The roads agency stated that the additions are a part of a R30 billion upgrade to the N2 and N3

- The bridge being built is the first network arch bridge to be constructed in South Africa, one of its kind in the country

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The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced that work on upgrades for the N3 will begin soon. The work is part of a R30 billion upgrade for the N2 and N3 highways in KwaZulu-Natal.

Sanral says the N3 upgrade from Westville to Paradise Valley in Durban will have the first network arch bridge in the country. The bridge will reportedly cover the entire N3 without any support piers.

The lack of support piers allows for space to be created for any additional lanes. The estimated cost of the network arch bridge is around R300 million.

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South Africa's busiest highways to get R300m bridge and makeover

South Africa's N2 and N3 highways are set to get a R30 billion makeover featuring a R300 million network arch bridge. Image: Stock Photo
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BusinessTech reported that 'stop-and-go' traffic will be in place to repair the surface of the R103, which runs from Camperdown to Lynfield Park. The 'stop-and-go' controls are currently in effect but are expected to come to an end in mid-May 2021.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula shared a bridge site plan ahead of the construction. View his tweet below:

In smaller road fixing news, Briefly.co.za reported on firefighters who worked together to fix a pothole. Mosala Lawrence stated in a post shared online, that he and two other people from his shift worked together to fix a massive pothole that has caused people to lose their tyres.

Mosala said that the pothole was between Botshabelo and Bloemfontein on the N8 highway. Mosala long with Jonathan Boucher and Clinton Lemmetjies decided to take matters into their own hands.

The group of firefighters bought bags of concrete mix which they used to fix the pothole. Read Mosala's full post shared to the #ImStaying group below:

Firefighters praised for kindness: "Saving lives to fixing potholes"
"Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others. We took initiative as a shift from Botshabelo fire brigade to fix a pothole. The pothole was between Botshabelo and Bloemfontein on the N8 highway.
"We bought bags of concrete mix to fill up the hole. People lost tyres due to the pothole. Problem fixed. Well done firefighters Jonathan W Boucher and Clinton Lemmetjies. Very proud of my shift."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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