MMC for transport calls for patience over M1 construction delays

The construction which started earlier this year has led to lane restrictions & closures on the M1 Highway.

FILE: Traffic congestion on the M1 in Johannesburg. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG – Johannesburg MMC for Transport Nonhlanhla Makhuba has called on motorists in the city to be patient as they will be enduring traffic disruptions on the M1 for extended months.

On Thursday, the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) held a briefing to provide an update on the M1 bridge rehabilitation and traffic implications for the M1 Oxford, Federation and double decker bridges.

The agency announced the project will now be completed later in 2017 and not earlier in May like initially planned due to delays attributed to geotechnical issues and local labour disputes.

The construction, which started earlier this year has led to lane restrictions and closures, which led to significant impact on traffic time.

Makhuba says the upgrades will benefit everyone in the long run.

“This past week we’ve experienced heavy downpours. The JRA’s construction work is ensuring that our physical infrastructure is able to withstand the impact of sudden heavy rains and that the freeway gutters and storm water drains are able to handle the flow of such water."

Makhuba says, “The rehabilitation work of the Oxford bridges on the M1 are to safeguard the integrity of the freeway structure for yours and my safety when travelling.”

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The JRA’s Managing Director Sean Phillips says, “We found the ground conditions were worse than expected, so we have had to include additional work for the contractor to do, resulting in the extension of time. There have also been some sporadic labour disputes, but the main cause of the delay is the additional scope of work.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)