The eThekwini Municipality is in the process of dramatically improving public transport within the City of Durban. The overall goal is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Durban through the construction of a world class integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN). Forming part of the network is Route C3, which will connect the areas of Bridge City, KwaMashu and Pinetown with one another.
Group Five/PANDEV JV Construction have been appointed for the construction of a portion of IRPTN Route C3. This section is approximately 4.5km long and extends along MR577 from just west of the Umgeni viaduct to the east of the MR577/Inanda Road intersection. Included in the scope of works is the construction of Newlands Expressway Interchange. The proposed Newlands Expressway Interchange is situated nearby the existing MR577/Newlands Expressway intersection. The proposed interchange will replace the existing intersection when complete and will include three ramps and a bridge.
The total construction period of the contract will extend for an estimated 23 months. Construction on the Inanda Road/MR577 intersection commenced on 26 May 2014. Construction for the MR577/Newlands Expressway Interchange commenced on 9 February 2015.