Motorists travelling on the N7 can breathe a sigh of relief as roadworks between Bosmansdam and Potsdam roads have been completed.
Raubex Group confirmed the completion recently.
The project, which is spearheaded by the Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW), consists of two roadworks projects spanning 16 km of the N7 – one between the Bosmansdam and Potsdam (Sanddown) interchanges (6,4 km) and the other between the Potsdam and Melkbosstrand interchanges (9,6 km).
The work includes building two new bridge underpasses across the N7, the reconstruction of 2,9 km of the highway, and resurfacing from Bosmansdam to Refinery (Plattekloof) Interchange.
“Lane closures have been avoided as far as possible, particularly in the morning peak traffic period (before 09:00) and the afternoon peak (after 15:00),” the department said.
A Dunoon resident said he uses the N7 on his daily commute and was overjoyed when he saw the road was completed.
“As most drivers know, travelling to work is a real nightmare. We try to cut corners and use alternative routes, but there are just certain routes which we cannot avoid. I’m so proud of the team who was responsible for completing the road. It was done in a very professional manner. Now I can drive with ease down the road and not be stuck in traffic,” he said.
Motorists shared their daily commute on social media, praising the department and the Raubex Group.
“A job well done! The road looks neat and it’s just a dream driving on the road without any potholes. Patiently waiting for the other roads to be completed as well,” one of the motorists said.
Jane van der Merwe who travels from Table View via the N7 daily said she had to adjust her schedule when the roadworks started.
“At first, it was a nightmare travelling via the N7 to work. I could not use an alternative route.
“I had to get up early every morning to avoid the peak and left work a bit later as well. It took up so much of my time. Now I can finally get a few more minutes of sleep every morning,” she said.
The DTPW has also created short-term employment and skills training opportunities.
“The high-quality road infrastructure that DTPW provides is an important component of a safe and effective transport system, and an enabler of economic and social development in the Western Cape,” the department said.