The National Route N1 is the link between South Africa and the rest of Africa and forms an essential link to stimulate economic growth in Sub Sahara Africa as well as local economic development in the metropolitan area of Polokwane. SANRAL has a 30 year strategy whereby continuous upgrading of the N1 Great North Toll Road is taking place. SANRAL recently upgraded sections between Makhado and Musina, and is currently upgrading the section between Beit Bridge and Musina. Furthermore, planning for a ring road at Musina is far advanced, leaving the section of the N1 at Polokwane as the only section that is not free flowing on the N1 north.
As a result, Polokwane experience a mix between local and through traffic in their CBD, resulting in pedestrian conflict, as well as damage to the local road pavements. Taking through traffic out of the CBD, will have a positive effect on the road user safety, ambience and nature of the CBD.
SANRAL, in terms of it’s mandate from Government, has a responsibility towards road users to provide a safe road network, with high mobility and good riding. SANRAL proposes to complete the approximately 6,5 km section of the eastern ring road. The proposal includes the construction of interchanges at cross roads such as the Burgersfort (R37), Tzaneen (R71), and R81 roads, which will also improve the accessibility to Moria.
The Scope of Works for the Construction and Upgrading of the Eastern Ring Road includes:
NEW SECTION OF THE N1-27 BETWEEN THE P43-1 INTERCHANGE AND THE N1-28X INTERCHANGE
This 6,0km in length section of road is a “Greenfield’s” section and is the last remaining section of road that is to be constructed to complete the eastern ring road. The full road reserve width for this section has been acquired.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE N1-28 INTERCHANGE
This interchange to be constructed to give preference to traffic travelling from the south on the new N1-27 towards the north of the country. Traffic from the north of the country travelling to the south on the N1-27 bypass will also receive preference in the design. Traffic flow towards the Polokwane CBD will however remain possible.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ROAD 22 OVERPASS
The existing alignment of Road 22 to be changed and a road-over-road-bridge to be constructed.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE RAILWAY LINE ROAD-OVER-RAIL-BRIDGE
This road-over-rail-bridge is to be constructed with a residential access road to the south of the railway line to provide access to new residential developments either side of the N1-27.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE P43-1 INTERCHANGE
The construction of the interchange will improve capacity and safety at the P43-1/N1-27 interchange.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN OVERPASS BETWEEN THE P17-1 AND P43-1 INTERCHANGES (ROAD-OVER-ROAD)
This overpass is to be constructed to link current residential and commercial developments that are currently taking place next to the N1-27.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE N1-27 BETWEEN ROAD P17-1 AND ROAD P43-1
The existing road has been constructed on the alignment of a future service road. This alignment cannot be used and will be replaced with a new section of road on the correct alignment of the N1-27.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE P17-1 INTERCHANGE
The construction of this diamond interchange will improve capacity and safety at the P17-1/N1-27 intersection.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE STADIUM INTERCHANGE
The construction of this combination diamond interchange will improve capacity and safety at the intersection to the soccer stadium.
SANRAL completed the financial feasibility study of the project and is currently progressing with the geometric design for the project. The bulk of the land has been acquired. The EIA commenced in August 2007.