The project to add a third lane to the N1 in both directions between Plattekloof Road and Old Oak Interchange in Cape Town is expected to be complete early next month.
This is according to the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) which said the project would help ease traffic on the major highway.
"Up to 120,000 vehicles travel along this stretch of road each day," DTPW spokesperson Byron la Hoe said. "The addition of a third lane in both directions will significantly reduce traffic congestion on one of Cape Town’s busiest roads.
"Asphalt paving is currently underway on the Phase 3 median widening and barrier. Also under way is the construction of drainage systems in the road reserve next to the outbound auxiliary lane between Durban Road and Old Oak, as well as inbound between Jip de Jager and Plattekloof."
According to the department, the project has created a number of short-term job skills development opportunities.
The department said that as of March 2019, R41 million had been spent on targeted labour and targeted enterprises and 40,417 person-days of work had been created for people from Cape Town who live next to the parts of the N1 currently under construction.
"DTPW would like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding while the project is underway. DTPW is aware that delays are frustrating, but some inconvenience during construction is inevitable. Motorists will soon be able to enjoy a safer and more pleasant travelling experience on this road," said La Hoe.
MEC of Transport and Public Works Donald Grant is expected to open the Old Oak West Bridge over the N1 on 30 April 2019.