JRA urges awareness on M1 plans

The Johannesburg Road Agency’s rehabilitation to three bridges on the M1 freeway is to enter its second phase, which will cause disruptions to traffic and delays for road users. Certain lanes on the freeway will be closed during construction and traffic will be diverted until 2017.

Road users are urged to be aware of when and where the major construction activities will take place and to plan their journeys in advance. Delays will occur but this can be mitigated through the greater use of public transport and the selection of alternative routes in the area.

Mobile applications that can be downloaded will assist commuters in choosing the best roads and travel times and detailed information will be freely available on the JRA website, print, electronic and social media and through traffic updates on radio stations.

The revitalisation project on Oxford and Federation bridges will be concluded by February 2017, while improvements on the double decker section will finish in May 2017.

During the construction period, these changes will be made:

    • The northbound carriageway of the M1 – carrying traffic from Soweto and the M2 – will be reduced to two lanes between the St Andrews off-ramps and Killarney as from 29 February 2016 until 31 December 2016;
    • The southbound carriageway of the M1 – carrying traffic from Midrand – will be reduced to two lanes between the Killarney and St Andrews off-ramps as from 3 April 2016 until 31 December 2016;
    • The southern on-ramp onto the M1 from Oxford Road will be closed at Ettrick Road from 3 April 2016;
    • The Oxford Road off ramp from the M1 travelling northbound to be closed from 13 August 2016;
    • Certain lanes on the double decker section will be closed until 6 July 2017 during weekdays between 09:30 and 14:30. Construction will be halted during morning and afternoon peak hours, but work will be stepped up in the evenings and over weekends.