Traffic disruptions expected on Joburg's M1 over the next 18 months

The city has started much-needed maintenance work on various Johannesburg bridges.

The double decker bridge on the M1 highway. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg residents have been urged to budget more time when commuting along sections of the M1 freeway, as as the city begins much-needed maintenance work.

In August, the city launched its bridge construction and rehabilitation programme starting with the Soweto highway.

The project is expected to take up to 18 months to be completed.

The Johannesburg Roads agency says road works signs will be erected along the effected routes as part its first phase of development.

Director Mpho Kau says Oxford and Federation roads will also remain open over the next two months despite bridges being repaired.

"A lot of lane closures will happen off-peak, at night and over weekends."

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The JMPD's Wayne Minnaar has suggested alternative routes for motorists using all affected routes.

"Where motorists used to use the M1 previously, rather use Barry Hertzog Drive or use Road or the N1 and N3 to get around Johannesburg."

Road maintenance is expected to be completed by May 2017.

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