THE South African National Road Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced the new N7-Melkbosstrand Interchange open for motorist use.
The new N7-Melkbosstrand Interchange was opened on Saturday 21 June, much to the delight of cheering and hooting motorists. Most Melkbosstrand residents and frequent N7 users of the route are pleased with the upgrade.
Randall Cable, SANRAL Engineering Manager: Road Network Operations, said, “Improving safety for our road users was the key driving force to get the intersection and N7 upgraded.”
The newly completed interchange forms part of the Phase 1 of the N7 Upgrade, and includes the construction of the second carriageway to the Philadelphia intersection, as well as a second interchange at the N7-Philadelphia (Atlantis South) intersection.
“Motorists and residents are all well aware of the notorious N7-Melkbosstrand Road intersection, that preceding the June 2012 commencement of the construction upgrade, claimed numerous lives and seriously injured many more,” Cable said.
Despite more than 100 rains days affecting Phase 1 construction, the project as a whole is scheduled to be completed on time by the end of this year.
“This project is a massive investment in our economy. Not only did the construction phase provides intensive job creation for the locals, this upgraded corridor now provides and enhances economic development to the northern parts of the Western Cape and beyond,” he continued.
As part of SANRAL’s strategic development plan for the country’s primary road network, Phase 1 is the first of three phases that entails the upgrading of the N7 to freeway standard (the highest class of road) from the N7-Melkbosstrand Intersection all the way to Malmesbury.
The N7 will, in its final stage, be a dual carriageway freeway from the N1 to Malmesbury, significantly improving capacity and safety for motorists.
Cable concluded by saying, “The safe and efficient corridors are what keeps an economy ticking. The route upgrade will support the local community through jobs as well as the regions’ future growth.”
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