What you need to know about Joburg traffic before you leave the office
Naledi Shange, News24
Johannesburg - Motorists stuck in morning traffic gridlock after a deadly bridge crash over a Johannesburg highway should have some relief going home on Thursday afternoon.
After almost 24 hours of being closed to traffic, and following hours of clean-up operations, Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau and Gauteng Traffic MEC Ismail Vadi re-opened the road to motorists at around 14:30 on Thursday.
"We have just received a full report from engineers and the JMPD and they are saying the roads are ready," said Tau.
Community Safety MEC Sizakele Malobane-Nkosi said there would be a high presence of police to monitor the roads.
"We will make sure we are on alert," she said.
Trying to ease the anticipated traffic congestion, the City had announced that Metro, Gautrain and Putco buses would be running free of charge from Soweto, the Johannesburg CBD, Midrand, Sunninghill and Westgate.
With the road re-opened, some motorists may choose to utilise the alternative routes. Below is a recap of all the alternative routes that motorists could use.
From Pretoria or Midrand:
- Traffic was earlier being diverted at the Bucceuch Interchange, meaning motorists had the option of taking the N1 or N3 highways. Off the N1, they can take Rivonia Road or William Nicol Drive.
- For those that use the N3, they have the option of either taking the Marlboro Road offramp, which puts commuters onto Katherine Street leading into Sandton.
Another option would be take the London Road between Alexandra and Bramley, which goes over the M1 via the Grayston concrete bridge, which remains open. London Road becomes Wynberg Road and then Arkwright Avenue prior to reaching the M1.
Road users also have the option, before passing under the M1, of turning right onto South Road, which passes through Bowling Avenue (Katherine Street starts at Marlboro Drive) and ends on Rivonia Road by the Shell garage.
- Motorists coming from the north also have the option of using Pretoria Main Road (R101), which will take users up to Marlboro Drive, or if they continued straight would lead them to Arkwright Avenue.
- For motorists travelling on William Nicol from the N1, they can turn right onto Bryanston Drive which eventually ends at Rivonia Road by the Sandton police station. Further down William Nicol, they can turn right onto Ballyclare Drive, which meets Outspan Road after passing Coleraine Drive.
Turning left onto Outspan Road will put motorists onto Rivonia Road by the Morningside Shopping Centre. Turning right onto Outspan Road then right again will put motorists onto Benmore Road, which leads motorists to Grayston Drive past the Benmore Shopping Centre.
From Johannesburg CBD:
- Motorists can take the M1 from the CBD and take the Jan Smuts Avenue off-ramp. Turning left onto Jan Smuts Avenue will take motorists eventually to the top of William Nicol Drive by Hyde Park Corner.
However, motorists travelling down Jan Smuts Avenue can also turn right onto Bompas Road prior to reaching William Nicol. Left at the next set of traffic lights travelling up Bompas Road puts motorists on Melville Road, which ends on Rivonia Road by St David's Marist school.
Going straight over Jan Smuts Avenue will put motorists on St Andrews Road where your next three lefts will put motorists onto Oxford Road, which eventually becomes Rivonia Road.
Road users also have the option of travelling straight down Jan Smuts Avenue from the city centre, where it is called Bertha Street at the end of the Nelson Mandela Bridge, and becomes Jan Smuts Avenue past Ameshoff Street. - Off the M1 travelling north, motorists can take the 11th Avenue, which takes vehicles to Oxford Road. Motorists could also take the Glenhove Road offramp, which takes motorists also onto Oxford Road.
Another option, once you turn left onto Glenhove Road off the M1, is to take the immediate right onto Somerville Avenue or right at the first set of traffic lights motorists meet onto 5th Street. Both roads put motorists onto Melrose Street, where road users turn left then right at the circle onto Venus Street.
Straight to the end of Venus Street puts motorists onto North Street. Turn left onto North Street, then right at the circle onto Rudd Road. Go straight over Corlett Drive on Rudd Road to its very end, which meets Rivonia Road.
- Those who take Athol Oakloads Road, instead of turning left onto Corlett Drive which it passes over, can go straight till the T-junction at its end. When there, motorists turning right onto Athol Road can follow to its end, another T-junction onto Dennis Road. Turn right into Dennis Road, and follow it all the way to the end which is Katherine Street past Grayston Drive.