San­ral to up­grade N3

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Kwazulu-natal News - SIHLE MAVUSO sih­lem@afro­

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 case­by­case 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.

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