Good news from Bakwena Platinum N1N4 in terms of minimising traffic delays at toll plazas is that two additional lanes at the on-ramp at the Zambesi Toll Plaza on the N1 freeway have now been opened. This will be followed by the opening of the two additional lanes at the on-ramps.
According to Liam Clarke, commercial manager of Bakwena, the upgrade includes two new lanes per direction which will further enhance the renovation carried out in 2015 to build the double diverging diamond interchange.
The Zambesi Toll Plaza is the first of the plazas to benefit from the R160-million planned upgrades along the N1N4 route. The construction works are scheduled to run until December 2017. When completed, the upgrade will increase peak time capacity by up to 20%.
With Zambesi complete, Bakwena now moves on to planned upgrades to Pumulani, Stormvoël, Doornpoort, Brits and Marikana, with two extra lanes being added at the Pumulani and Doornpoort plazas and one additional lane in each direction at the Brits and Marikana plazas, and one lane at the Stormvoël plaza on- and off-ramp. Wallmannsthal on ramp will also see the addition of an additional Class 1 ETC lane to alleviate the congestion during the morning peak.
“We’re confident that the upgrades will be completed according to our projected timetable as we do not anticipate undue disruption. However, we ask that road users practice caution when approaching relevant toll plazas during the construction period,” says Clarke.