KwaZulu-Natal weekend weather warning and traffic alert

The South African Weather Service (Saws) has warned KwaZulu-Natal residents of disruptive rain that might lead to localised flooding in the province expected on Saturday and Sunday.

Saws said the localised flooding may affect susceptible formal or informal settlements or roads, low-lying areas and bridges. The weather conditions may also cause difficult driving conditions on dirt roads and minor accidents may occur due to slippery roads and reduced visibility.

Meanwhile, the N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) has also warned that with October month-end and schools re-opening again on Monday, road users should prepare for high volumes, congested conditions and possible delays on the N3 toll route this weekend.

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They said traffic volumes were already steadily increasing in both south and northbound directions by Friday afternoon.

EXPECT LANE CLOSURES AND SLOW TRAFFIC AT THE FOLLOWING CONSTRUCTION SITES
  • Mooi River to Howick
  • Van Reenen’s Pass
  • Frere (R74) to Midway
  • Villiers to Warden

Thania Dhoogra, operations manager of N3TC, said their current construction and rehabilitation programme is going full steam ahead to make up for lost time as a result of the earlier national Covid-19 lockdown, and to have the N3 route ready for the December peak season.

“We recommend that road users plan ahead for slow moving traffic and possible delays, and we request them to please follow all safety precautions, especially when travelling through construction zones. Look out for, and adhere to the yellow warning signs, and please remember to reduce your speed,” said Dhoogra.

EXPECTED PEAK TRAFFIC PERIODS
  • Friday, (north- and southbound directions): Heavy traffic volumes (> 1500 vehicles per hour) with slow moving conditions, possible congestion and delays can be expected from 3 pm to 9 pm.
  • Saturday, (north- and southbound directions): Light to busy traffic conditions are expected (800 – 1500 vehicles per hour).
  • Sunday, 01 November 2020 (northbound direction, towards Gauteng): Heavy traffic volumes (1500 – 2000 vehicles per hour) with slow moving conditions, possible congestion and delays can be expected from 10 am to 9 pm.

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