N1-27 Polokwane Eastern Ringroad Project: Deviation of traffic to demolish ‘old Tzaneen Bridge’

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Polokwane Observer

POLOKWANE – Sanral has announced diversions to be undertaken in order to demolish the redundant old Tzaneen Bridge, as part of the ongoing N1-27 Polokwane Eastern Ringroad Project.

The diversions will be implemented until the end of the day, their statement reads.


1. The north and south-bound directions will be diverted onto the new eastern ring-road from the Shell garage south of Polokwane, under the R101 bridge and the De Roodepoort Bridge, up to the new R37 Interchange.

2. Traffic travelling to the Polokwane CBD from the south will be directed to make use of the new Eastern Ring-road, to the R37 Interchange and then into town.

3. Travellers to the Meropa Casino and Entertainment World from the south will need to take the route via the R37 diversion to the CBD and find their way southwards on the R101 back to the casino. Travellers to the casino from north of Polokwane will be able to make use of the new Interchange on the R101 for the day.

4. Traffic travelling south towards Pretoria from the Polokwane CBD will travel as per usual towards the N1 using the R101 but will then access the N1 at the new R101/N1 Interchange.

5. Traffic from areas south of the CBD wishing to travel northwards using the N1 eastern ring-road, will first travel south on the R101 and then access the N1 northbound at the new R101 Interchange near Meropa.

Sanral said there will be no access to the N1 South using the Polokwane off-ramp as per current traffic accommodation.

“Patience and cooperation of motorists will be highly appreciated. Sanral asks motorists to kindly obey all traffic officials and adhere strictly to road signs and road markings for your own safety during the construction period,” the statement concludes.

The original contract was awarded to Basil Read but after the company was placed under business rescue, they could not complete the work. In August 2019 the Polokwane Eastern Ringroad R226.5m contract was handed over to Edwin Construction, who was at the time given the responsibility to finalise the Polokwane Eastern Ringroad contract within the next 14 months.

This included the completion of the new road, widening and strengthening of the old carriageway which will become the new south bound carriageway, completion of the new intersections at the R37 (Lydenburg) and P977 (Silikon) road crossings, bridge structures, culverts, road markings, studs, signage, fencing and drainage. The contractor will also be responsible for cleaning up and finishing off the road reserve, quarries and borrow pits.

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