THE South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has confirmed that the ongoing construction of a permanent barrier on the R61 near Shelly Beach to prevent illegal U-turns on the highway is expected to be completed by the end of September. Calls for this barrier came after a number of accidents and fatalities were caused by motorists trying to avoid paying R7.50 at the Shelly Beach-Izotsha off-ramp toll plaza were reported. Last year, Sanral, which has a mandate to finance, improve, manage and maintain the country’s national road network, erected temporary barriers to ensure there would be some measure to prevent or limit the illegal U-turns and crossings. Sanral Eastern Region project manager, Salome Naicker, said installation of a permanent wire -barrier also coincides with the resurfacing of the road. Naicker said the safety and well-being of road users and communities in which it operates are paramount and motorists are requested to obey the laws on our roads at all times.She confirmed that about 1.8 kilometres of the wire-rope barrier has been installed, ensuring that illegal U-turning is reduced in the vicinity of the Izotsha Toll Plaza. She said installation along the remaining 3.2 kilometres is expected to be completed in September. “Motorists are advised to be observant of the advance warning signs and lane-width reduction, and should exercise caution when travelling through the construction works. “The speed limit through the construction works has been reduced to 60km/h. “Please be patient during the construction which is due for completion in November,” said Naicker.