What happened to our promised new N4 off-ramp? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 September 2008 20:53
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Where is the brand new N4 off-ramp that Bronbergers were promised? In July last year it was estimated that roadworks will begin within a year. Nothing, however, has happened yet.

In the July 2007 edition of The Bronberger, we reported that an off-ramp situated east of the Hans Strijdom Drive off-ramp and west of the Donkerhoek / Boschkop offramp got the go-ahead from the National Roads Agency (SANRA) and the Gauteng Department of Transport (Gautrans).

Construction of the first phase of the off-ramp, planned to relieve pressure on the overloaded Hans Strijdom Drive and Lynnwood Road routes, was due to start within a year.

It was said that developers of estates east of Hans Strijdom Drive will help to shoulder the R50 million road project. Sable Homes and Abland, estate developers in Hazeldean, indicated that they were going to make a major contribution to the cost of the new junction. Hazeldean, 900 ha of land to the south and east of Silver Lakes Estate, will contain at least 18 000 new homes when completed.

In late August this year, Abland’s Jurgens Prinsloo said that Abland is in discussions with other developers working in the Bronberg area about funding for further phases of the interchange. He said that the cost of the first phase will probably be in excess of R200-million.

This is four times as much as the R50-million mentioned last year. It seems as if the timing of the project has also changed. According to Jurgens it will probably take several years for the full cloverleaf of the interchange to evolve.

It may require the proposed new PW17 road, from the K22 Bronkhorstspruit Road north of Hazeldean to the new PWV5 to the south of Hazeldean, to be completed first.

Jurgens said that the initial section of the project has now entered the detailed design phase, while further discussions take place with SANRA and Gautrans to get the necessary land proclaimed as a road reserve.

After that, Abland will be able to go out to tender on the first junction and “should have all the pieces in place to be able to start construction in the near future”.


The promised new N4 off-ramp will be east of the overloaded Hans Strijdom interchange

 

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