Sanral to upgrade N3
THE South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has come out to assure residents, who will have to make way for the expansion of the N3 freeway that their concerns will be handled in a manner that will please all parties.
This comes after the environmentalists conducting an environmental assessment impact met with affected parties in Cato Ridge to solicit their views on how the multibillion rand expansion that started in March this year will affect the environment. The proposed N3 capacity improvements between Durban and Pietermaritzburg include the widening and realignment in sections, of the 84km N3 corridor between EB Cloete Interchange in Durban and Twickenham Road in Pietermaritzburg.
Sanral’s eastern region design and construction manager Rai Ronny said according to information gathered by environmental consultants Acer Africa, it is estimated that 150 interested and affected parties attended the information sharing sessions over three days.
“People who attended are positive about the proposed improvements. Where people are directly affected in terms of their properties, they are obviously concerned,” Ronny said. He said they will deal with property relocation cases to ensure that all parties reach satisfactory settlements. “There are some properties that are seriously affected by the land acquisition that will be required and these will need to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by Sanral’s property division.” He said other common concerns and objections related to noise during construction and from the increased traffic after improvements and construction disruptions. Sanral assured the affected parties that it will deal with that. Sanral said if the upgrades do not go ahead, it is estimated that users of the N3 will continue to suffer losses of nearly R800m per annum, due to accidents and time delays.