Motorists warned to use altenative routes: N3 through PMB closed for work on Chota Motal interchnge

2010-08-20 00:00

THE N3 highway through Pietermaritzburg will be closed tomorrow for work on the Chota Motala interchange.

The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) has announced that construction teams will be partially demolishing the Chota Motala Road bridge over the N3 highway to make way for a new bridge.

Motorists are warned to use alternative routes as the motorway will be closed to light motor vehicle traffic.

The south-bound carriageway will be closed to traffic at Cedara from 4 am until 9 pm. Light motor vehicles will be rerouted along the R103 (Old Howick Road) to Pietermaritzburg and back on to the N3 via Alan Paton Avenue (Durban Road) or Boshoff Street and the New England Road on-ramp, depending on traffic volumes. Trucks will be stacked at Cedara and the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) will escort them in groups of 20 down the highway through the construction area on a marked-out route.

The north-bound carriageway will be closed to traffic at New England Road between 4 am and 10.30 pm. A detour route will be marked out for light motor vehicles via Boshoff Street and Chatterton Road back on to the highway at the Chatterton Road on-ramp. Trucks will be stacked at New England Road and escorted by the RTI through the closure on a marked-out route, again in groups of 20.

The Chota Motala interchange will be closed to all traffic. Motorists using the M10 (Greytown Road) are advised to use Ohrtmann Road, Manning Avenue or Willowton Road to enter or leave Pietermaritzburg tomorrow. Markers will be in place to indicate which alternative routes to use for different destinations. Traffic police and flagmen will be present.

Sanral has asked road users to familiarise themselves with the detour routes and for all motorists to be patient during the temporary closure period, to reduce speed, observe road signs and exercise caution.

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