N1 at Atterbury interchange clear

Monday, August 17, 2009

Pretoria - Motorists have been able to use the N1 at the Atterbury Road interchange as normal from this morning.

The demolition of one of the Atterbury Road bridges across the N1 freeway had led to the closure of the interchange from Friday at 9pm until 5am on Monday morning.

During the demolition, both the north and southbound carriageways of the N1 under the Atterbury Road bridges were closed and traffic was diverted by the interchange ramps to provide movement.

"Everything went well; the Atterbury interchange was closed on Friday evening and the demolition took place on Saturday from 5am to 9am," City of Tshwane Community Safety spokesperson, Console Tleane told BuaNews on Monday.

"There was a heavy traffic build up, especially from the northbound carriageway and people resorted to using the R101.

"There were no accidents reported during the operation and metro traffic officers were out in full force to control the traffic," he said.

He said the whole operation was completed on Sunday evening and by Monday morning motorists were able to use the route.

The South African Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) manager Alex van Niekerk said last week that the demolition of the eastbound bridge will be another step towards the revamping of the interchange, as part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).