Musina Bypass To Shorten Travel Times Between Joburg, Zimbabwe

Staff Reporter

SOUTH AFRICA’S Department of Transport says the R677 million by-pass project in Musina will reduce travel time between Beitbridge Border Post and Johannesburg.

The new ring road from Musina South to Musina North commenced in December 2019 and is set to be completed in 2022.

The project’s main purpose is to divert the N1 traffic around the town of Musina, and is managed by the Raubex Group which was also subcontracted to upgrade the Beitbridge Border Post.

More than 1 000 heavy vehicles and trucks use the N1 passing through Musina city centre daily.

Intersections and lower speed restrictions create heavy traffic congestion and damage to infrastructure in the town’s central business district.

“The road will ease congestion between Musina and Beit Bridge border post, a gateway to many other Sothern African Development Community countries that trade with South Africa, such as Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo,” a South African transport magazine quoted a government official.

“Zimbabwe is also upgrading the Beitbridge Border Post, expected to improve the free flow of goods and strengthen the security of goods and people.”

The Beitbridge border gate processes more than 800 trucks daily both inbound and outbound.

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