Upgrades on N4 well on track

Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire said this week that the upgrades along the N4 Bakwena route around Brits are on track.

The current upgrades include the addition of a 32 km second carriageway on the N4 between the M17 and R512 (Brits Interchange). Part of this upgrade also includes additions and extensions to 5 existing bridges which cross the section of the N4 being dualled.

Recent developments include the dualling of the N4 bridge which crosses the Crocodile River. This bridge has 5 spans, each consisting of 10 precast reinforced concrete beams. Each beam weights 26 tons and is individually transported via a process which involved a horse truck on the one side and a steering trailor where a crane lifts each individual beam onto the bridge piers structure for it to be secured. The expected completion time for the dualling of the bridge is end of March 2020.

Bakwena’s commercial manager, Solomon Kganyago, says that the project cost of the current

N4 upgrade is R582 million with a 36-month construction period that is scheduled to be completed in June 2021. The addition of the carriageway will enhance motorists’ driving experience and improve their overall safety on the route.

“Bakwena would like to thank motorists for their patience while work is being carried out on the N4 routes and advises them to adhere to all designated road signs and exercise caution throughout the construction processes.”