You may have seen message boards informing you of the complete closure of the N1 from from 19:00 on 12 May 2017 until 05:00 on 15 May 2017. The closure of the route is to permit the safe demolition of the western portion of the Old Oak Road Bridge.
Siphesihle Dube, Spokesperson for the Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works Donald Grant, says the project by the Department of Transport and Public Works is to extend the third lane on the N1 from west of Durban Road to beyond the Old Oak Interchange.
The bridges go over the N1 which is why it has to be closed. You'll be able to access, through the detours, various other ways to get around.— Siphesihle Dube, Spokesperson for the Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant
Dube says the demolition of the bridge is one element of a bigger project.
In order to demolish the western bridge safely, it is necessary to close the N1 to traffic and divert traffic onto other routes for the duration of the demolition operation.
Contractor Martin and East will work 24 hours a day to complete the work in a single weekend.
Traffic diversions and demolition noise are expected to affect local residents. The Department apologises for the inconvenience.
The bulk of the work includes adding a third lane to the already congested N1.— Siphesihle Dube, Spokesperson for the Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant
Dube says because of the close proximity of residential buildings to the Old Oak Bridge and the potential for damage to the eastern bridge, the contractor will not destroy the western bridge with explosives.
The bridge will be dismantled using machine-mounted hydraulic breakers, scissors, and shears.
On an average weekend, traffic on the affected section of the N1 often exceeds 45 000 vehicles a day.
Traffic diversions are expected to cause heavy congestion along detour routes. Motorists who use the N1 to travel through the area are encouraged to avoid the road closure by using the greater freeway network (N1 – M5 – N2 – R300 or N7 – N2 – R300).
With fears that interested onlookers will create traffic congestion, the department advises people to watch the process unfold at www.i-traffic.co.za.
Queries and complaints may be made at the Cape Town Freeway Facebook page, i-Traffic webpage (www.i-traffic.co.za) and Twitter @CapeTownFreeway.
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This article first appeared on 702 : 45 000 cars affected by the demolition of the Old Oak Road Bridge in Cape Town