Sanral: N3 to be fixed before Easter break

2016-03-17 06:00

SANRAL said the N3 freeway between Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal will be in a good condition for the Easter break.

While some construction work is still taking place on the route, it has not been scheduled to be done during peak traffic periods. During construction, traffic may be restricted to one lane in each direction with speed limits in place.

A section of the N3 between Harrismith and Warden is being rehabilitated. Similar construction is taking place between Van Reenen and Harrismith.

“If drivers stick to the rules of the road and display tolerance and courtesy towards fellow road users, we should be able to cut down on the unacceptably high rate of fatal crashes,” South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) spokesperson Vusi Mona said yesterday.

The recent introduction of new automated pay systems and eTag payments at toll plazas on many of the busiest highways — including the N3 — is also expected to improve traffic flows, said Mona.

Road users with electronic tags no longer have to stop at four toll plazas on the freeway — De Hoek, Wilge, Tugela and Mooi River.

“One tag lifts all booms at plazas where the automated payment system is in place,” he said.

The Easter Holiday — from Friday, March 25 to Monday, March 28 — is traditionally a period when there is a rapid spike in traffic on most major national and provincial highways.

The school holidays of all nine provinces coincide this year and traffic flow is expected to increase towards the end of this period prior to the reopening of schools on 5 April. No major road construction will take place along the eastern seaboard linking Cape Town with KwaZulu-Natal, but work is in progress just north of Durban close to the King Shaka Airport.

The 550 km stretch between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth is expected to be in “a fair to good condition”. The road consists primarily of a single carriageway with climbing lanes. Drivers are urged to be aware of routine maintenance on sections between Somerset West and Mossel Bay, and further to the north towards Nature’s Valley. — The Witness

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