Heavy traffic volumes expected on SA’s roads this long weekend

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Traffic expected to peak on the N3 during the long weekend.
Traffic expected to peak on the N3 during the long weekend.

Heavy traffic volumes are expected on South African roads this long weekend as people take advantage less restrictive leisure travel conditions under the Level 2 of the lockdown.

The N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) has advised road users to familiarise themselves with the route and prevailing travel conditions ahead of their departures.

On Wednesday N3TC spokesperson, Anita Heyl, said visible policing, strict law enforcement and zero tolerance on traffic offences will be the order of the day. Satellite stations and traffic checkpoints will be operated at key locations along the N3 Toll Route.

Heyl also warned road users to reduce speed and be extra careful in construction zones.

“Although construction activities will cease during the long weekend, some lane restrictions will remain in effect between Villiers and Warden near the Grootspruit Bridge, as well as in the vicinity of the Holspruit Bridge,” she said.

A climbing lane is currently being constructed near the Wagendrift Dam between Frere and Midway.

Heyl said although two lanes will be open to traffic during the long weekend, some delays can be expected in the vicinity of this construction site.

The rest of the route will have at least two lanes open to traffic in both directions for the duration of the long weekend.

High traffic volumes are expected southbound towards KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday from 12 pm to 6 pm and on Friday from 6 am to 12 pm.

On Sunday, traffic volumes are expected to pick up from 6 am in a northbound direction towards Gauteng and are expected to remain high until 6 pm.

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