Travellers warned of delays on N4 during Easter

2014-04-10 12:30
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Mbombela - Motorists using the N4 highway have been urged to be patient when travelling over the Easter weekend.

The N4, starting in Pretoria, Gauteng and ending in Maputo, Mozambique, is said to experience extremely high volumes of traffic during the Easter period as thousands of holidaymakers and migrant workers use the route to reach destinations in Mpumalanga and Mozambique. reports Chief executive officer of toll road management company Trans African Concessions (TRAC), Graham Esterhuysen, has advise road users to plan their trips properly and efficiently, as well as to consider alternative routes where possible.

"The highest traffic volumes are expected on Thursday, April 17 and Monday, April 21. In an effort to prevent traffic congestion, construction and maintenance work will cease throughout the route for the duration of the Easter Weekend," TRAC spokesperson Solange Soares-Nicholson

"However, road users travelling to or from Malalane in the Lowveld should note that the Stop/Go between Mbombela and that town will still be active,” she said.

Road infrastructure on the N4 was in need of improvement and reconstruction is usually done in sections of approximately six kilometres. once broken-up these sections cannot be used until the work is completed.

Areas that are severely impacted by the reconstruction are Crocodile Gorge and road uses are being warned of potentially long delays, especially on Fridays and days preceding public and school holidays.

"However, due to the mentioned width restrictions, we are limited to providing one-way traffic through the Gorge during construction," she said.

She said given the current state of the construction phase, the best TRAC can do to minimise delays during the coming holiday season is to reduce the length of the Stop/Go.

“We will also work hand-in-hand with the SAPS, Emergency Services and the Lebombo Border Control Operational Co-ordinating Committee throughout the Easter weekend to ensure civil order is maintained and road regulations are obeyed at the Stop/Go and at the Lebombo Border post,” she said.

To keep up to date with regular traffic updates follow @TRACN4Route on Twitter or call 0800 8722 640800 8722 64 or 082 881 4444082 881 4444
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