Local residents may be wondering when the upgrade of the N2 between the Umdloti interchange and the Tongaat Toll Plaza may be complete, since work has been continuing for a long period.
The project is over a year behind schedule, with the original deadline being April 2014. It is now due for completion in July 2015. The work has been slowed due to various delays, Sanral says.
“The contractor has been granted extensions of time as per the provisions of the contract,” Sanral said in statement to MyBallito.
Over and above this, the contractor has experienced delays as a result of late acquisition of the quality post tensioning cables for the Umdloti River Bridge, as well as labour unrest on site. This last involved a Group Five strike and burning of some buildings which resulted in some 225 dismissals at the Umdloti site in 2013.
“The above events and other delays by the contractor have had a direct negative impact on the contractor’s ability to complete the works within the contractual contract duration,” said Sanral.
Sanral had originally awarded the consulting engineering services for this project in October 2009 and construction started in October 2011.
This section of N2 was identified as requiring capacity improvement earlier than envisaged due to the increased traffic volumes, mainly from the King Shaka Airport and Dube Tradeport facility which opened in May 2010.
A total of about 32km of road is being worked on.
The capacity improvement of this section of the N2 is in a form of widening by adding lanes on each carriageway.
From the Umdloti Interchange to the King Shaka International Airport Interchange, two lanes are added on each carriageway.
From the King Shaka International Airport Interchange to the Tongaat Toll Plaza, one lane is added on each carriageway. The lanes are added mainly in the median; however, at the Umdloti River Bridge and approaches the lanes are added on the outside of the carriageway.