Mammoth Durban interchange to lighten traffic woes

It took five years‚ 80 designers‚ more than 800 workers and R240m in wages to construct one of South Africa’s engineering marvels: the Mount Edgecombe interchange‚ north of Durban.

On Tuesday morning major routes leading from the R1.1bn interchange were closed to allow for the official opening by transport minister Blade Nzimande‚ who described the interchange as a “veritable civil engineering work of art”.

The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) was awarded the contract for upgrading the old intersection of the N2 and M41 to ease traffic congestion‚ due to the expansion of the La Lucia Ridge and Umhlanga areas.

According to Sanral an additional 40‚000 vehicles were entering and leaving the N2 from the M41 daily‚ resulting in “substantial queuing of vehicles during the day”.

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