The N14 freeway between Diepsloot and Brakfontein will be undergoing a R444 million upgrade over the next two years.
The project was launched at the beginning of May by Ismail Vadi, Gauteng MEC for roads and transport.
Vadi said the 21km project will rehabilitate the remaining portion of the N14 freeway that connects Centurion and Krugersdorp. The road also offers alternate routes to the Sandton CBD, Lanseria Airport and Diepsloot.
“This is a toll-free project and follows the completion of the first phase of the N14 project from Krugersdorp to Diepsloot,” Vadi said.
He said the N14, which was originally constructed in 1978, had reached the end of its life span. “With traffic volumes on the N14 growing at a rate of 3.2 percent per annum, the freeway has seen sharp increases in traffic flows, particularly at peak times, necessitating its upgrade,” he said.
The project will see the addition of an additional third lane to the freeway to increase mobility during peak times. This will be a fast lane. The project will also see the reconstruction of sub-base where required, existing defective asphalt will be removed, new road markings will be painted, existing bridges will be repaired, and new guardrails will be installed where necessary.
Vadi indicated that the project has been designed to improve the structural and functional condition of the road by means of strengthening the pavement structure and providing a new asphalt overlay. New concrete lined drains and subsoil drains will also be added and aid in the preservation of the pavement structure. He said this will add to the safety of the road user.
Additional objectives of the project include the provision of skills development opportunities, as well as to provide training and economic empowerment to local contractors.
Vadi ended his address by appealing to motorists to exercise extra caution on the road during the upcoming 24 month construction period.