Less travel time expected between Durban and Joburg with N3 upgrade

Posted by David Henning on 19 August 2021

Upgrades have begun on the N3 between Johannesburg and Durban, which includes much-needed expansions, promising shorter travel times between the two cities, Business Tech reports.

The department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) commented that the expansion is a much-needed upgrade to a strategic corridor.

‘The direct economic benefits of the upgrades are a reduction in travel times, a reduction in vehicle operating costs and a reduction in accidents costs, all of which have great benefit to the economy at large,’ the DPWI said.

Construction works will occur on the corridor between Cato Ridge and Dardanelles. Under a 48-month contract, the existing four-lane dual carriageway will be increased to an eight-lane dual carriageway for 6.4 km.

This will significantly increase the motorway’s capacity, alleviate congestion on roads around the port, and the crucial corridor linking Durban to Gauteng, also shortening the turnaround times for freight-carrying vehicles.

The project is part of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan which aims to assist industries to recover from the economic effects of Covid-19, where president Cyril Ramaphosa said that infrastructure projects form a key part of the Covid-19 recovery plan.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said infrastructure projects form a key part of the government’s Covid-19 recovery plan.

Picture: Flickr Commons

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