Traffic officials warn of road closures during Comrades

2008-06-10 00:00

City residents have been warned by the Msunduzi Municipality traffic division that some roads will be closed for several hours on Sunday during the Comrades Marathon.

Superintendent Carol Tarr told The Witness that apart from the roads that will be used as the marathon routes ending at the Pietermaritzburg Cricket Oval, all other roads will not be affected.

She said the N3 between Durban and Pietermaritzburg will not be affected, as the runners will use the old R103 route. Runners will join Washington Road from Polly Shortts. There they will join Oribi Road, turning into Jesmond Road and then into Alexandra Road.

From there they will go through the back, going past the rear of Harry Gwala Stadium to finish at the Oval.

Tarr said the Comrades Marathon routes in the city will be completely barricaded an hour before the first runner reaches Pietermaritzburg. “The first runner is expected in the city by 10.30 am.

The roads will be closed an hour before and they will be re-opened again at 6.30 am in the evening,” said Tarr. He said that residents in Emily and Globe Roads would be worst affected. On all other parts of the Comrades route residents should be able to manouevre around. “Most people are more concerned with hosting their parties on the side of the route, than being able to come and go from their premises,” said Tarr.

She said parking will be available on Alan Paton (Durban) and College Roads for the duration of the race. Residents are urged to use alternative routes during closure times.

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