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Old January 13th, 2015, 03:52 PM   #1
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N3 upgrade

Major upgrade to the N3 is imminent...

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N3 to undergo billion rand upgrade
Posted on 12 January 2015.

The N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) road will undergo a R1 billion upgrade over the next three years.

News of the N3 upgrade comes as Transport Minister Dipuo Peters identified Kwazulu Natal as having the most dangerous roads in the country.

Construction on the 60km stretch of N3 between Harrismith and Warden would begin this month and is expected to be completed by April 2017.

Roadmac Surfacing has been contracted to perform the reconstruction, while SNA Consulting Engineers designed the project and will oversee the execution of the project.

The most complex of the three construction projects from Cedara to Tweedie, near Howick, will begin in August, the Independent on Saturday reported. This R400 million expansion, over 14km, is expected to be completed within 24 months.

The third project is currently under way between Mooi River and Estcourt.
N3TC technical manager Douglas Judd said two additional lanes – one in each direction – would be constructed in the existing median to increase the route’s capacity in the high traffic zone. The Mngeni River Bridge would be expanded.

More here: http://www.infrastructurene.ws/2015/...-rand-upgrade/
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Old January 13th, 2015, 04:25 PM   #2
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The De Beers Pass alignment would have reduced the Warden-Harrismith section to R103 status.
This must therefore mean that Van Reenens Pass is going to remain in use as the N3 for many years still. Also, no talk of upgrading it. Those 2 extra lanes planned at Tweedie would have been really useful on Van Reenen as well as a proper median barrier.

It would seem that the need to sell poor quality hamburgers at Harrismith is higher than the lower fatality rate which would result from the new De Beers Pass.

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Old January 13th, 2015, 08:44 PM   #3
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This is such bullshit. The stretch that needs fixing is the one between Cato Ridge and PMB.
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Old January 14th, 2015, 04:26 AM   #4
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U mm but was that not part of a separate up grade announcement we read 6 months back or am I dreaming it up?
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Old February 27th, 2015, 03:48 PM   #5
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No new tolls, but probably higher tolls at existing toll points. Funding will have to come from somewhere!

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No added tolls for new N3 route

February 27 2015 at 01:39pm
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The proposed new route.


Durban - The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) is forging on with plans to build a R5 billion alternative freeway to Van Reenen’s Pass in a bid to boost safety and cut congestion in the vital trade corridor.

No new tolls were planned to recoup the cost of the planned 99km stretch on the N3 which will link the Tugela Toll Plaza and Warden, the agency said at a media briefing at Van Reenen yesterday.

The envisaged four-lane highway, 15km shorter than the existing road, was expected to create 26 000 direct and indirect new jobs.

Van Reenen’s Pass is on the main N3 route through the Drakensberg Mountains, connecting Johannesburg and Durban and is a strategic logistics corridor for KZN, the Free State and Gauteng.

But the sweeping pass with its steep, winding roads is notorious for accidents and resulting bottlenecks that cause delays and impact the economy.

Sanral said Van Reenen carried 13 000 to 14 000 vehicles daily, 5600 of them trucks. In 20 years, that would be 32 000 vehicles a day, involving 17 000 trucks.

In 2011, total closure time was 80 hours southbound, and 95 in 2013. Northbound, it increased in those years from 88 to 102 hours.

The construction of the new expressway was not to “kill” Van Reenen’s Pass, he said, stressing that it would result in “higher levels of safety, comfort and productivity for all road users”.

...Van Reenen’s Pass would remain in service.

“Should the expressway be constructed, it will be an entirely new stretch of highway across the Drakensberg escarpment in the vicinity of the existing De Beer’s Pass. The 99km highway will link Keeversfontein (Tugela Toll Plaza) in KwaZulu-Natal with Warden in the Free State.

“The grades will be much flatter and its alignment will be much smoother without the sharp curves of the existing N3 route. Much time will be saved and better levels of service will result in improved safety and a reduction in accidents,” Mona said.

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Old March 2nd, 2015, 10:04 AM   #6
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Harrismith won't be too happy with the proposal
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Old March 2nd, 2015, 11:07 AM   #7
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So why upgrade the Warden-Harrismith section as the new pass is going to bypass that section too?
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Old March 2nd, 2015, 11:19 AM   #8
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I'm guessing if a road is dangerous and needs upgrading, it needs to be upgraded.
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Old March 6th, 2015, 05:28 PM   #9
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So why upgrade the Warden-Harrismith section as the new pass is going to bypass that section too?
Cant find a link at the moment but some where on Skyscrapercity, I read that SANRAL has a +-30 year contract for N3 Toll Concession to manage the Harrismith route,so even if the new route is built whiten the 30 years they will still use the Harrismith, even if its just to divide traffic between the two routes, the building of the new route I think is still in public consultation phase,so the new route is still part of long term goals.
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Old July 28th, 2015, 03:01 PM   #10
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Cant find a link at the moment but some where on Skyscrapercity, I read that SANRAL has a +-30 year contract for N3 Toll Concession to manage the Harrismith route,so even if the new route is built whiten the 30 years they will still use the Harrismith, even if its just to divide traffic between the two routes, the building of the new route I think is still in public consultation phase,so the new route is still part of long term goals.
Does anyone long has SANRAL had the N3 Toll Concession contract so far?

They can still in the interim build the other route, I am sure more than enough toll funds have gone towards the Harrismith route that it does not need any 'visible' major upgrades any times soon. Infant that stretch of road is perfectly fine to just be left alone for the remainder of the N3TC contract and build the new De Beers Bypass

They will probably have to relocate or get rid of the Tugela Plaza completely and the existing Tugela - Warden N3 route can serve as the alternative route for the De Beers.

I guarantee you if the Tugela Plaza is moved somewhere onto the De Beers route, and the existing N3 serves as an alternative toll-free route, traffic will still be divided enough between the two routes to keep the Harrismith locals happy and ensure the routes are evenly used.

N3TC does however look after the N3 very well, considering the route could easily be damaged by all the truck usage, it is one of the most maintained routes in South Africa. It's a pity that they do not manage the section from Pietermaritzburg to Mariannhill as that is in dire need of maintenance.
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Old July 28th, 2015, 03:31 PM   #11
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Who does to marianhill? That section is tolled so someone must have the contract
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Old July 28th, 2015, 05:10 PM   #12
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That section is managed by SANRAL itself via normal maintenance contracts with contractors (normally tendered on a 3-year cycle), and not managed by the N3TCC Public Private Partnership.
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Old July 28th, 2015, 08:42 PM   #13
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Who does to marianhill? That section is tolled so someone must have the contract
If the signboards are anything to go by, the N3TC ends just before the M60 Hilton Ave onramp before Pietermaritzburg. The remainder of the N3 remains unsigned as a toll route until just before Marrianhill after Cato Ridge - that stretch between tolls needs the most renovations on the N3 and is dire need from the actual concrete to tarmac.

I don't know what the funds from Mariannhill have done - besides the prior mentioned lighting from the toll to the next off-ramp; as N3TC still continually maintains roads, resurfaces and constantly is changing signage along the route yet the Pietermaritzburg to Durban stretch looks like the red-head abandoned step child of the N3.
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Old July 29th, 2015, 05:09 AM   #14
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If the signboards are anything to go by, the N3TC ends just before the M60 Hilton Ave onramp before Pietermaritzburg. The remainder of the N3 remains unsigned as a toll route until just before Marrianhill after Cato Ridge - that stretch between tolls needs the most renovations on the N3 and is dire need from the actual concrete to tarmac.

I don't know what the funds from Mariannhill have done - besides the prior mentioned lighting from the toll to the next off-ramp; as N3TC still continually maintains roads, resurfaces and constantly is changing signage along the route yet the Pietermaritzburg to Durban stretch looks like the red-head abandoned step child of the N3.
But there always appears to be roadworks ongoing on that stretch whenever I'm in the country
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Old July 29th, 2015, 12:29 PM   #15
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New Durban-to-Jozi route under fire

July 29 2015 at 10:52am
By Tony Carnie Comment on this story
IOL mot may21 KZN toll
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The plan to build a new toll plaza and multibillion-rand bypass route over the Drakensberg mountains was also likely to derail plans to establish a new inland port.

Durban - Plans to shorten the main Durban-to-Johannesburg freeway via a new Sanral toll route are likely to destroy more than 1 600 jobs and cost the Harrismith economy up to R890 million a year in lost revenue.

The plan to build a new toll plaza and multibillion-rand bypass route over the Drakensberg mountains was also likely to derail plans to establish a new “inland port” and logistics hub at Harrismith that aimed to create up to 29 000 new jobs.

These are some of the conclusions by economist Mike Schussler’s Economists dotcoza consultancy group and other specialists who were asked to review plans for the proposed De Beers Pass route that would bypass Harrismith via a new mountain tunnel route.

Schussler’s group said while the by-pass route would cut 14km off the current N3 route though Van Reenen’s Pass, it would come at a heavy cost to Harrismith, Van Reenen, Swinburne and Warden - mainly from a drop in fuel sales, truck repairs and food sales.

“The economic case for by-passing Harrismith looks extremely weak. Jobs will be lost in a relatively large regional centre without much hope of rebuilding those jobs... South Africa is already struggling to create jobs and a scheme that destroys job opportunities may not be what the Free State or the country needs at present.”

The group noted that there were plans to create a new special economic zone and Harrismith Logistics Hub flagship project that could reduce the cost of freight and traffic congestion on the country’s busiest national road.

“It is clear that a change in the N3 highway to bypass Harrismith will, in all likelihood, result in the death of the transport hub in Harrismith,” said Schussler’s group, which described the Sanral project as “an economic dead-weight loss”.

Cormac Cullinan, a Cape Town attorney leading a fightback against the De Beers Pass project on behalf of the Harrismith Business Forum, said Sanral’s specialist consultants had suggested that the route would not affect the proposed Tsiame special economic zone or Harrismith Logistical Hub.

Cullinan said this conclusion was “incomprehensible” as the hub was dependent on traffic converging through Harrismith.

If the Sanral proposal went ahead, most of the 29 000 new jobs from the new hub and special economic zone were unlikely to come about.

Harrismith Business Forum chief executive Ben Deysel said there was overwhelming opposition to “this Sanral ego-trip” and the forum would take whatever action necessary to halt the new route.

Lochner Marais, a professor of development studies at the University of the Free State, said previous studies commissioned by Sanral suggested the by-pass would only cause 30 job losses and was unlikely to harm the town’s economy.

Economists dotcoza estimated between 747 and 652 direct job losses, between 1 663 and 1 416 direct and indirect job losses, along with direct revenue losses in Harrismith of between R761m to R890m.

They said Sanral specialists estimated that the De Beers route would lead to a “national economic benefit” of about R165m a year, mainly from reduced operating costs for heavy trucks.

But Schussler’s group said this calculation did not seem to take into account the expected new toll fees of about R200 a truck that would be levied at a new toll plaza near the town of Warden.

Transport economist Bernal Floor said studies commissioned by Sanral also seemed to have ignored the cost implications of maintaining two duplicate freeways in the vicinity of Harrismith.

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Is there ANY project that people are not opposed to? FFS

And they are the same people who say the government never invest in infrastructure. No-win situation.
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De Beers byapss will cut travelling time down by almost an hour. I say ban trucks from the new N3 and keep the old one open for them. #sorted
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If the De Beers Pass is build are people going to stop eating? Stop filling up? Stop needing repairs? Is the need for an inland port going to disappear? Is this about Harrismith only or is there a bigger picture?

Why not build the inland port where the Tugela Plaza is seeing that it will now become the split between the N3 and N5?. It is already the split for Mpumalanga-bound traffic so it makes sense to put it there.

Is it possible that a faster road would encourage more people to use the road? Bringing more business to towns still close to the N3?

Perhaps Harrismith will lose out. In that case Warden will laugh all the way as it will remain close to the N3. Move there.

It is not really lost jobs, more a case of relocated jobs.

Goodness, if we had this attitude 100 years ago everyone would have cried about the lost business for ox-wagons and horse-drawn carts and no one would have seen any benefit in motorized travel.
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 12:36 PM   #19
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De Beers byapss will cut travelling time down by almost an hour. I say ban trucks from the new N3 and keep the old one open for them. #sorted
I like that idea, have them continue using the old N3 route and have other motorists on the new De Beers Bypass. Trucks are the most frustrating on that trip, especially around peak periods when driving down to Durban.

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If the De Beers Pass is build are people going to stop eating? Stop filling up? Stop needing repairs? Is the need for an inland port going to disappear? Is this about Harrismith only or is there a bigger picture?

Why not build the inland port where the Tugela Plaza is seeing that it will now become the split between the N3 and N5?. It is already the split for Mpumalanga-bound traffic so it makes sense to put it there.

Is it possible that a faster road would encourage more people to use the road? Bringing more business to towns still close to the N3?

Perhaps Harrismith will lose out. In that case Warden will laugh all the way as it will remain close to the N3. Move there.

It is not really lost jobs, more a case of relocated jobs.

Goodness, if we had this attitude 100 years ago everyone would have cried about the lost business for ox-wagons and horse-drawn carts and no one would have seen any benefit in motorized travel.
I don't think Harrismith will ever get to the Ghost Town status they're all allowing themselves to believe will happen. The route will still be used, especially if it's angled as a truck alternative/toll-free alternative to the De Beers bypass.

Some businesses just need to learn to adapt and move as well, I like your idea about the inland port being the Tugela Plaza where the N3/R103(or N5) and N11 all meet.
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Harrismith is already nothing to speak about it, it died years ago. And isn't the main reason for the new route because of the massive dangers for trucks in using the current route?

I agree with the point raised, it's not lost jobs it is relocated jobs and frankly the national interest is much more important that Harrismith
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