N4 Kaapmuiden-to-Kaalrug project 75% complete

30th July 2021 By: Irma Venter - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

Trans African Concessions (TRAC) expects to complete the major upgrade between Kaapmuiden and Kaalrug, in the Nkomazi region, on the N4 Toll Route, by October.

The toll road concessionaire says the 15.5 km road project is more than 75% complete.

The project includes upgrading the carriageway to four lanes and rehabilitating the existing road.

TRAC says “noticeable progress” has also been made on three other major construction projects under way on the South African side of the N4 toll route.

According to TRAC’s engineering department, all three projects are on schedule for completion by the revised completion dates that were set following the 2020 Covid-19 national lockdown, imposed by the South African government to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Emalahleni–Middelburg Road Pavement Upgrade
The Emalahleni-to-Middelburg road pavement rehabilitation and upgrade project between the OR Tambo and Van Dyksdrift interchanges, in the Highveld region, is 60% complete, with completion earmarked for March next year.

The R380-million project, being constructed by Raubex Construction, includes the removal and replacement of concrete slabs from the originally constructed concrete-surfaced road, overlaying the entire section with asphalt and the construction of an additional 7 km of passing lanes.

Belfast–Machado Rehabilitation and Upgrade
TRAC says the major upgrade between Belfast and Machadodorp is progressing well and is 80% complete.

The R400-million project, being undertaken by Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon, includes the construction of an additional lane in each direction, thereby upgrading this section to a four-lane road.

It also includes a new interchange at Machadodorp and the rehabilitation of 30 km of Section 5B.

Roadworks are scheduled for completion in May next year.

New Karino Interchancee
The New Karino interchange project, in Mbombela, is valued at R390-million and is 70% complete.

Raubex Construction is implementing the project, which will see the existing intersection transformed into a grade-separated interchange, with on- and off-ramps and a bridge that will separate cross-traffic from through-traffic.

Roadworks are moving steadily along and are scheduled for completion by November, says TRAC.