Free traf­fic flow on the M1 high­way

Vuk'uzenzele - - Local Government - Nonku­l­uleko Mathe­bula

ROU­TINE TRAF­FIC jams will now be a thing of the past for mo­torists us­ing the M1 high­way in Jo­han­nes­burg.

Up­grades to the M1 high­way’s Ox­ford and Fed­er­a­tion bridges in Park­town, Jo­han­nes­burg, have been com­pleted.

Three north­bound and three south­bound lanes have re­opened.

The project, un­der­taken by the Jo­han­nes­burg Roads Agency (JRA) in 2015, cost R140 mil­lion and will re­sult in the free flow of traf­fic.

Speak­ing at the reopen­ing of the high­way, City of Jo­han­nes­burg Mayor, Her­man Mashaba, said that the city is thrilled for mo­torists.

“I would like to thank com­muters for their pa­tience. Many had to ad­just their travel times to ac­com­mo­date traf­fic de­vi­a­tions and road clo­sures.

“One can only imag­ine the ease of traf­fic flow go­ing for­ward. This is re­ally a mile­stone for us.”

The mayor, how­ever, urged peo­ple to use the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem to pre­vent fur­ther con­ges­tion on Jo­han­nes­burg's roads.

JRA op­er­a­tions man­ager, Es­ther Sch­midt, echoed Mashaba’s sen­ti­ments and thanked mo­torists for their pa­tience.

Nine SMMEs and 67 lo­cal labour­ers were em­ployed dur­ing the project, thus boost­ing em­ploy­ment in the re­gion.

Mo­torist Glen Dlamini, who uses the M1 reg­u­larly, said that trav­el­ling to work will now be a breeze for him.

“Although one had to sit in traf­fic and get to work late dur­ing the con­struc­tion stages, it was for the greater good and I, for one, saw the big­ger picture be­hind the up­grades,” said Dlamini.

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