M1 Rehab Phase Two is Underway
By Kgomotso Meso
Phase two of the M1 rehabilitation project has begun in earnest this week, which means that you can expect further delays on the highway. The motorway had now been reduced to two lanes from Jan Smuts Avenue.
If you are lucky, and early you may only experience a backlog from the crown interchange if you are going north. Late rises will be stuck for longer periods, say an hour. Otherwise motorists are advised to look at using public transport.
Remember that alternative highways to Midrand are the E toll route which poses a bit of a predicament for people that diverted to the M1 to try and avoid incurring debt via the N1 North.
Another huge concern is the traffic lights that are constantly not working as that slows down traffic even further on alternate routes.
This morning Oxford and Riviera wasn’t working and that is one of the alternatives.
The reality is that Johannesburg Road Agency has to conduct a perfect orchestra in order to minimise the impact of the roadworks.
- Open a portal where all information can be accessed- at the click of a button
- Speak to transport facilities to deploy more buses and taxis to help ensure people are not too inconvenienced.
- During Eco Mobility and the collapsed Grayston pedestrian bridge there was dedicated transportation to ensure the project had better backing, this must happen for this big project too. It cannot be that convenience is only in place for people that are in Sandton. This project demands such backing as well.
- JMPD and points men must strive for free flow at the offramps both the M1 and N1 North so traffic moves with ease to the different suburbs.
- Police visibility to deal with smash and grabbers and also quick responses to accident scenes along the routes.
- Speak to Corporates, people can get to work at 5am or 6am and leave early so to ease the pressure.
Things will be tougher when we enter into Phase 3, where the Oxford offramp will be closed later this year , so it’s important to master the directing of this orchestra before April when the M1 south will also be reduced to 2 lanes.
- Bumper Bashes
- Road Rage
- Overall disregard of traffic rules as people will be late
- Broken Down Vehicles (Overheating)
What is your recourse in all of this?
How do you think the process should be managed?
If everyone does their part, there will be little to complain about.