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M1 Highway project in full swing

Phase two of the project started on Saturday between Killarney and the Crown interchange.

The Johannesburg Roads Agency is undertaking essential maintenance on the M1 freeway between Killarney and Crown Interchange. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has warned that it will take motorists longer to travel on the M1 Highway due to its rehabilitation project.

Phase two of the project started on Saturday between Killarney and the Crown Interchange.

The rehabilitation project is aimed at upgrading the highway and bridges.

With traffic expected to be severely affect from today, motorists have been urged to plan ahead and use alternative routes to get to work and back.

WATCH: JHB traffic to be severely affected by M1 'rehab project'

Only two lanes will be open on the M1 north as the rehabilitation project enters phase two.

The southbound carriageway will remain open until 3 April, when it will also be reduced to two lanes.

In August, both carriageways will be reduced to two lanes until the end of the project in 2017.

There'll also be lane closures on the double decker bridge during certain times of the day, night and over weekends.

The Johannesburg Metro Police are expected to be on standby to help alleviate traffic during peak hours.

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