Two of South Africa’s biggest highways are getting R28.4 billion upgrades
Transport minister Fikile Mbalula says that his department is committed to making upgrades to two of the country’s national highways – the N2 and N3.
In a media briefing on Thursday (1 October), Mbalula said that these upgrades will primarily be made in KwaZulu-Natal and will see the expansion of existing routes to better cope with the flow of traffic.
The revamp of the N2 will focus on a 55 km stretch from Lovu River on the South Coast to Umdloti on the North Coast, while the N3 will look into an 80 km section from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, he said.
“These upgrades will include the widening of the N2 and N3 carriageways, with four or five lanes in each direction, and the reconfiguration of most major interchanges along these route sections,” said Mbalula.
The transport minister said that construction costs for these upgrades is estimated to be about R10 billion for the N2 and R18.4 billion for the N3. The combined projects are estimated to take up to 10 years to complete.
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