More Chota Motala traffic headaches for motorists

2012-02-28 00:00

MOTORISTS should brace themselves for more traffic headaches on the N3 near the Chota Motala Road, with an additional road closure following safety concerns.

Chris Govender, safety manager of the Chota Motala N3 interchange project, said the Liberty Midlands Mall off-ramp would be closed temporarily.

It was requested by the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) because of safety concerns on the highway, he said.

Motorists can expect the congestion to continue or even worsen with the Easter holiday traffic.

RTI spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said the mall off-ramp closure was the responsibility of the Msunduzi Municipality, not that of the RTI.

She said traffic jams near the construction site would continue to hamper motorists, but she urged them to be patient.

“There are also backlogs along the other routes that lead into Pietermaritzburg, so I don’t understand what the complaints are about. The traffic is as such along most routes leading into the city.

“Yes, we know that there are traffic backlogs because of the construction and it is something we cannot avoid. If people need to avoid the backlog, they will have to leave earlier or use alternative routes.

“We alone cannot alleviate the backlogs. Road users need to be patient with us and they need to obey the rules of the road,” she said.

Govender said construction of the interchange was on schedule to be finished in November.

He warned that some roads would be closed on Saturday from 5 am to 6 pm as 19,4-metre concrete beams were to be placed on the northbound carriageway on the Chota Motala Bridge.

These include:

1. The N3 north-bound carriageway will be closed at Alan Paton- Harrismith (N3) spilt. Cars will be detoured along Alan Paton Ave (R103) via the city. Traffic can get back on to the N3 at the Hyslop Road fork on to the Chatterton roundabout and back on to the N3. The detour will be clearly marked and flagmen will be placed at regular intervals on detour.

2. Traffic entering and leaving the CBD at East Street using Chota Motala Road (M10) will not be able to access the N3, city centre or Greytown Road. Vehicles on the M10 (Greytown Road) entering Pietermaritzburg will be detoured along various routes to get to their destinations. The three detour routes will be Ohrtmann Road, Manning Avenue and Willowton Road.

Detour markers will be clearly placed showing which detours to use for which desired destination. Police and flagmen will be in place.

3. Southbound traffic taking the Church Street off-ramp will not be able to turn right to get to the city but can turn left to get to Greytown.

• Khanyiso.tswaku@sa.24.com

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