One of South Africa’s busiest highways is getting upgrades – what you should know

The South Africa National Roads Agency (Sanral) has announced emergency pavement repairs on the N3, which will result in a reduction in the number of lanes.

The roads agency said that the work to be done includes the patching of the slow lane and will be undertaken over several consecutive weekends from 9 July to 19 September 2022.

Each weekend closure will start at 14h00 on Saturday afternoon and run until 04h00 on Monday morning. The upgrades are set to take place between Ashburton and New England Road.

“The emergency pavement repairs are due to the deterioration of the road pavement under traffic loading and the delay in the commencement of the upgrade contract over this section,” said Jason Lowe, Sanral’s Eastern Region Project Manager.

“The existing surfacing will be removed and replaced at periods when traffic flows are at their lowest in an attempt to minimise the effect on the travelling public,” said Lowe.

The closures and impact on lanes are anticipated as follows:

  • 9 July to 19 September – N3 northbound and southbound between Ashburton and New England Road:
    • Two-lane sections reduced to one lane from 14h00 on Saturday afternoons till 04h00 on Monday mornings.
    • Three-lane sections reduced to two lanes from 14h00 on Saturday afternoons till 04h00 on Monday mornings.

Sanral said it will keep the travelling public updated on progress and changes to the above through further media statements.

“Saral would like to apologise to the motoring public for any inconvenience caused during the road closure. We appeal to road users to plan their trips accordingly, especially when accessing travel hubs such as airports.

“We further appeal to road users to adhere to the road signs and speed limit when approaching and travelling through the construction site,” said Lowe.


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One of South Africa’s busiest highways is getting upgrades – what you should know