File photo: Motshwari Mofokeng

Johannesburg - Joburg motorists – brace yourselves for major traffic disruptions on the N1 over the weekend while a state-of-the-art bridge is constructed over the highway near Allandale Road.

The project, known as the Bridal Veil Road Overpass Bridge, forms part of the Waterfall City Estate in Midrand.

Motorists have been asked to be patient as they are bound to experience severe traffic backlogs.

“The construction of the bridge is necessary to improve traffic flows in the vicinity of Waterfall City and Allandale Road,” the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) said.

For now, traffic disruptions are expected to take place on Saturday and Sunday on the northbound section of the carriageway towards Allandale Road in Midrand. Only one lane will be open through the deviation from about sunrise tomorrow until Sunday afternoon.

There will be no disruptions for motorists travelling on the N1 north from Joburg towards Pretoria as all five lanes are to remain open.

The work involves placing further support beams for which a massive mobile crane weighing 300 tons will be brought in.

“The concrete beams will be transported from the storage location to the site by a number of trucks with lengths varying between 22m to 32m,” Sanral said.

This will result in the Allandale off-ramp being temporarily closed with traffic diverted about 300m further along the northern section of the highway over the weekend.

Sanral has pleaded with motorists to be patient.

“Motorists should reduce speed and obey all the traffic signs and instructions given by road marshals and traffic officers,” the parastatal urged.

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