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Old October 14th, 2010, 03:26 PM   #61
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Old October 19th, 2010, 10:46 AM   #62
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Looks like plans are afoot to upgrade the N2 between Isipingo and Edwin Swales......

http://www.nra.co.za/live/content.php?Category_ID=166#

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CONSULTING ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR THE DETAILED ASSESSMENT AND PRELIMINARY DESIGN FOR THE UPGRADING OF NATIONAL ROUTE 2 SECTION 25 ISIPINGO INTERCHANGE (KM 0.00) TO EDWIN SWALES INTERCHANGE (KM 12.8)

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Old October 19th, 2010, 03:09 PM   #63
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 06:26 PM   #64
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Bad news for speedsters
January 23 2011 at 02:10pm
By Niyanta Singh

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Speedsters beware. Big Brother is watching you on certain parts of KwaZulu-Natal’s national highways, recording and analysing your speed.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport Road Traffic Inspectorate has become the pioneer for Average Speed Enforcement in South Africa.

The project has been sanctioned by both the Technical Committee for Speed Prosecutions and the KwaZulu-Natal Director of Public Prosecutions’ Office (KZN DPP).

The project was piloted first on the N3 between Nottingham Road interchange and Balgowan interchange last year and has since expanded to between Durban and Pietermaritzburg on the N3 and at a section on the N2 near Mtubatuba.

Kwanele Ncalane, spokesman for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport, said the objective of the project was to reduce the high accident rate and the number of speedsters on the road and to create awareness in motorists to abide by the speed limit.


The project is designed around the “time over distance” principle, where your speed is equal to the distance covered divided by the time taken to travel that distance.

Ncalane said an average speed section was selected and its distance accurately measured by an accredited laboratory. “A camera is then placed at both the beginning and at the end of this section. These cameras capture all vehicle number plates passing through the section and a GPS time stamp is attached to each image. The number plates are then matched using a number plate recognition system, and the average vehicle speeds are calculated. Violations are then transferred in their encrypted format to the relevant prosecuting authority,” said Ncalane.

He said the recorded number plates would also be stored in a comprehensive database and used for comparisons against stolen vehicle records and outstanding fine records.

Ncalane said the system seemed to be working well, with the latest project rolled out just before the December holidays.

“In a few weeks we will be assessing the situation to see if it has been really successful. If that is the case, this will become the norm on most of our roads. We are working closely with our legal eagles to make sure there is no loophole for motorists to buck the system,” he said.

He said they had decided to implement the system because many motorists had become accustomed to the old cameras in fixed positions.

Some have questioned the legality of the system.

“One would not have the opportunity to check the legitimacy of the equipment recording nor check the training of the officials who presumably would have to be listed in a summons and how the distance between the two measuring points was determined,” said attorney Shane Maharaj. “In a marginal case such as 111km/h average over a 100km/h posted limit this could be critical.“ - Sunday Tribune


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Old January 24th, 2011, 08:43 AM   #65
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This is both a good and a bad thing in my opinion....

I'm not a speeder by any stretch of the imagination, but in my opinion, they will need to clearly mark areas that are "average speed" zones.
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Old January 24th, 2011, 12:03 PM   #66
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clearly marked in the camera and legally, but they will never inform you with signs. they do not do that in any country
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Old January 24th, 2011, 12:45 PM   #67
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They kind of do inform you (or used to) in Harrismith iirc... Ok, my mistake, those signs seem to have vanished (just taken a Street View drive through Harrismith)

But I'm not necessarily thinking that exact section of road, but a general indication that there are speed camera's and that they operate on an "average speed" methodology.

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Old January 24th, 2011, 12:50 PM   #68
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But I'm not necessarily thinking that exact section of road, but a general indication that there are speed camera's and that they operate on an "average speed" methodology.
They do, and as far as I remember they have to by law. The Dbn - Pmb stretch the cameras are mounted from the bridge (under the bridge), the PMB stretch where the roadwords are are normal cameras and the southbound section by Nottingham Rd is also signposted and has normal cameras on the side of the road.

I have been caught by the Nottingham Road one PLENTY - 100kph average....
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I can remember seeing a temporary sign approaching PMB stating that Average Speed Enforcement was being used. Also, in the UK, they warn you before every camera.
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Old January 24th, 2011, 01:15 PM   #70
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clearly marked in the camera and legally, but they will never inform you with signs. they do not do that in any country
by law in oz and uk fixed cameras have to be signed
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Old January 25th, 2011, 07:05 PM   #71
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all they have to state (as they already do) is that "This freeway is under camera surveilance". You will see those signs alot around Durban
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You're right, but there's a slight difference in the signage.

"This freeway is under camera surveillance" refers to the CCTV cameras monitoring traffic flow and incidents.

"Speed prosecution by camera" or simply the traffic camera pictograms cover speed cameras (including Avg Speed Enforcement)
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Now that the Amazimtoti-Isipingo tolls have been removed from the equation, it looks like the proposed N2 through the Wild Coast is being fast-tracked. I hope they take the environmental concerns into account.


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Jan 16 2011 10:39

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Johannesburg - A new road between KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape would shorten the distance between East London and Durban by up to 85km and could lead to thousands of job opportunities in the two provinces.

Construction of the N2 highway could begin as soon as this year, following government’s decision that the road will no longer be a toll road.

The construction of the road has been on the back burner since 2002, as government wanted to erect additional toll gates in KwaZulu-Natal – specifically between Durban and Amanzimtoti – to fund construction in the Eastern Cape.

This proposal met powerful opposition, particularly from KwaZulu-Natal.

Transport Minister S’bu Ndebele this week told Sake24 that the project had now become a priority. He also confirmed that the road would no longer be a toll road.

When Ndebele was sounded out about where the money to build the new road would come from, he mentioned Treasury.

He said discussions were being held with Treasury – which was acutely aware of the need for such projects.

The new road would be constructed under the banner of the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) and would be built alongside large parts of the ecologically sensitive Wild Coast.

But Ndebele said that environmental aspects regarding the road’s construction would be fully considered and taken into account.

Sanral spokesperson Priya Pillay said the process had been delayed for that very reason because of objections to the construction lodged with the Department of Environmental Affairs in September 2010.

Ndebele was however not too concerned about further delays caused by environmental issues.

He said the final feasibility studies were currently being finished, after which construction could proceed. He said the road would greatly benefit both provinces.

Large amounts of material such as bitumen would have to be purchased in the provinces and the construction work would itself lead to thousands of jobs.

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Did anyone see the notice in the Daily News on Friday re: massive upgrade to the N2 / Umgeni Road interchange (over and above what has just been completed)? In short, the city is getting it's 2nd "Spaghetti Junction". It looks bloody impressive, with flyovers criss-crossing over each other. Will hugely alleviate the traffic jams at that intersection. For example, traffic coming from the direction of Makro will no longer have to wait at the traffic lights, under the N2 bridge, for crossing over Umgeni River and joining the northbound N2. Soon, traffic will join the freeway directly via a viaduct that starts on the left side of Umgeni Road (like you're turning towards the south/city-bound side of the N2), but which will swerve right over the current N2 (and other new viaducts), connecting directly onto the north-bound N2. Let's see if we can get renders. Construction is starting next month, with work due to finish 30 months thereafter.

Can't wait for this to be done!
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That sounds bloody AWESOME...

Must start digging for renders
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JEALOUS! Sounds great! If they'd extend the R300 northwards from the N1 like they're supposed to, Cape Town could also get a spaghetti junction.
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http://sanralimage.ensightnetworkscl...nterchange.pdf

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Old March 22nd, 2011, 12:26 PM   #77
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MEDIA RELEASE
issued by THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL ROADS AGENCY LTD
17 MARCH 2011

IMPROVEMENTS OF THE UMGENI ROAD INTERCHANGE ON THE N2 APRIL 2011

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) is improving to the existing Umgeni Road Interchange on the N2 situated approximately 5 Km from the CBD of Durban, north of the E B Cloete Interchange and immediately south of the Umgeni River.

The improvement entails an upgrade of the existing simple diamond interchange to a new single loop partially-directional systems interchange which will:

Allow the entire interchange to be free flow (except the west to south directions);
Reduce congestion and delays; and Improve road and pedestrian traffic safety.

The upgrade includes the implementation of various directional ramps which will eliminate the need for controlled signalisation at the intersection. The upgrade will also include two overpass viaducts over the N2 and Umgeni road, two overpass bridges over Umgeni Road as well as an overpass bridge over a loop ramp. Pedestrians will be provided with new sidewalks as well two dedicated pedestrian bridges over Umgeni Road and the loop ramp.

Road users on Umgeni Road from the west, wanting to access the N2 southbound carriageway, will in future follow the road signage towards Inanda Road Interchange to gain access onto the N2 southbound carriageway.

Construction is expected to commence in April 2011 and will last for 30 months. Road users are requested to approach the work areas with caution, to observe road signs and adhere to speed restrictions in the work area.

SANRAL wishes to thank road users for their co-operation and apologises in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused.

Issued by: The South African National Roads Agency Limited
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 12:35 PM   #78
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This is the one that was shared with me and DB a few months back. Impressive and only 3km's or so from the original Spagetti Junction (which is getting a few extra turning lanes itself in the coming months).

The only problem is if you are coming along the M19 from Pinetown, you cant go right onto the N2. You need to go the 500m odd along the parallel road to the newly redone Inanda Road interchange, turn right at the lights, then right again and then follow this new parallel road going south. Clearly they didnt see the volumes coming this route to justify the extra flyover for this.
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R360m to end N2 traffic jams

Pg1 story in The Mercury today with graphic

http://www.themercury.co.za/r360m-to...jams-1.1045142
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March 22 2011 at 10:10am

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The notorious peak-hour traffic bottlenecks at Durban’s Umgeni Road interchange on the N2 are to be a thing of the past once a R360-million upgrade, which is to include four flyover bridges on four levels, is completed.

Construction of the mammoth project – spearheaded by the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) – is expected to begin next month and to take about 30 months.

The interchange is north of the EB Cloete (Spaghetti Junction) interchange, 5km from the Durban CBD.

It leads traffic west towards Reservoir Hills and Pinetown, and joins the N2 Umgeni River bridge. The interchange also leads traffic to the N2 South and N2 North.

Ravi Ronny, senior project engineer, said that the upgrade would be Sanral’s biggest road infrastructure development in KwaZulu-Natal. The agency is spending R300m on Pietermaritzburg’s new three-level Chota Motala interchange on the N3.

“The total cost for improvements to Umgeni is about R360m,” Ronny said.

“This is jointly funded by Sanral and eThekwini municipality, which will provide about R120m over the development period.

“It follows Sanral’s completing a R120m upgrade of the adjoining N2 Umgeni River bridge last year. This was part of the overall scheme of creating direct access off and on to the N2.

“The need for this major upgrade arose because of the major congestion, resulting in delays experienced by motorists, in addition to traffic back-ups spilling on to the N2.”

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The interchange handled heavy traffic throughout the day, while there was also lots of pedestrian movement in the area, which would be accommodated with the construction of pedestrian bridges and footpaths.

“The upgrade includes the implementation of directional ramps, which will eliminate the need for controlled signalisation,” Ronny said.

“The upgrade will include two overpass (flyover) viaducts over the N2 and Umgeni road, two overpass bridges over Umgeni Road, as well as an overpass bridge over a loop ramp. Pedestrians will be provided with new pavements, as well as two dedicated pedestrian bridges over Umgeni Road and the loop ramp.

“Planning commenced in 2005, when a traffic study was undertaken of all the major interchanges along the N2 Durban outer ring road.”

Carlos Esteves, the deputy head of road development at the eThekwini municipality, said a major overhaul of the Umgeni interchange was a crucial road infrastructure development for the city.

“This interchange has been seen as a major problem causing traffic issues in four directions. Traffic has increased with the opening of King Shaka International Airport north of the city,” Esteves said.

Ronny said the new airport and the Dube TradePort had placed more pressure on the N2 going north. About 10 000 more vehicles a day were now heading north.

“The N2 outer ring road carries 130 000 vehicles a day. It is a heavily used commuter route, and further development north of Durban in recent years has made the N2 even more capacity constrained,” he said.

KwaZulu-Natal development economist Jeff McCarthy said the upgrade was long overdue and would alleviate traffic jams.

“It will ultimately more than pay for itself. Besides the spinoffs from construction, there will be efficiency gains for businesses and individuals and even fuel savings,” McCarthy said.

Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Andrew Layman said the upgrade would make a “positive difference”. The investment of almost R500m, including the R120m spent last year, in upgrading the Umgeni interchange was expensive, but worth it.

Layman wondered, however, whether the project would be paid for through tolls.

Esteves and Ronny said the development was a “non-toll”-related project, financed from the fiscus and the municipality.

Ronny said a joint venture consortium, comprising Rumdel Cape/KZN and Mazcon Civils, had won the contract. He said construction would result in delays at peak hour and asked motorists to be cautious and to co-operate.
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