TEMPORARY N3 DEVIATIONS TO MAKE WAY FOR THE GAUTRAIN ALIGNMENT

Posted on Jun 25, 2008 in Media Releases

The Bombela construction team responsible for the Gautrain Marlboro/N3 operations will be implementing traffic deviations along the N3 north and southbound carriageways, beneath the Marlboro Bridge, starting in July 2008.

The road deviations are significant for the project as they mark the beginning of construction of the N3 crossing where the Gautrain alignment will split to travel east towards the OR Tambo International Airport, and north towards Midrand.

The construction work on the N3 will take place in two (2) phases to allow for the construction of cut and cover structures that will enable the Gautrain to safely cross beneath the N3. Construction activities are expected to take approximately 12 months to complete.

Phase I

Motorists would have noticed construction of the first phase which will be a temporary three lane road, beneath the Marlboro Bridge, close to the N3 northbound carriageway. Upon completion, the temporary three lane road carry the northbound traffic.  A cut and cover structure will be constructed beneath the current northbound lanes.

Phase II

Phase II will see the re-instatement of the existing N3-northbound carriageway.  Southbound traffic will then be diverted onto the re-instated northbound carriageway, whilst the construction of a cut and cover structure will continue on the original southbound lanes.  Northbound traffic will remain on the temporary road.

Traffic flow will remain partially affected with visible signage deviating traffic and enforcement of speed limit restrictions during the duration of construction in this area.  Motorists are assured that the road deviations will only take place underneath the Marlboro Bridge with the rest of the highway remaining unaffected.

The speed limit in this area during this period will be staggered from 120 km/h to 80km/h. Motorists are urged to adhere to the reduced speed limits and the necessary road signage during the deviations.

For further information, the public is advised to kindly contact the Gautrain Call Centre on 0800 Gautrain (4288 7246) or visit the Gautrain website on www.gautrain.co.za

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