Bakwena is continuing its planned upgrades to toll plazas along the Bakwena N1N4 toll road, with a total planned investment value for the project of approximately R160-million over a two year period. These upgrades are being implemented to increase capacity at the N1N4 plazas in response to increased traffic volumes along the corridor.
The improvements include the addition of new lanes which will reduce waiting times and enhance road users’ experience at all toll plazas along the route. The project will benefit road users with or without e-tags by improving throughput during high traffic volume periods.
Construction has already commenced at Zambesi toll plaza for an additional two lanes at both on and off ramps, and the next plaza to receive an additional lane will be Stormvoёl plaza, which means that Stormvoёl plaza in both directions will be closed for construction from the first week of May 2016.
As abnormal vehicles will be most impacted by the construction works, truck drivers using both the Zambesi and Stormvoёl ramps are encouraged to follow the alternate route as signposted before the plazas.
During construction phases, congestion management measures will be in place to alleviate traffic congestion during the peak periods between 06h00 and 07h30 in the morning and 16h30 and 17h30 in the afternoon.
Work has also started on the upgrade to the Wallmannsthal onramp to add an additional Class 1 Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) lane to alleviate the congestion during the morning peak period. In the interim, measures will be implemented to alleviate the current congestion.
Pumulani, Doornpoort, Brits and Marikana also form part of the project and will be the next plazas to be upgraded. These upgrades will see two extra lanes at Pumulani and Doornpoort, and one additional lane in each direction at Brits and Marikana plazas. Notification of commencement dates for these plazas will be announced in due course.
Says Liam Clarke, Bakwena Commercial Manager: “We do not anticipate undue disruption, however, as safety will always be our foremost priority, we ask that road users practice caution when approaching relevant toll plazas during the construction period.”
Construction across all the Bakwena toll plazas will be completed by December 2017.
Bakwena remains committed to providing a road that is safe and up to world class standards.