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N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) geared for increased traffic volumes during winter holiday season

As South Africa’s schools close tomorrow, Friday, 30 June 2017, for their annual winter break, N3TC prepares for an expected increase in traffic volumes.

“We are expecting this weekend to be particularly busy on the N3 Toll Route, especially southbound towards KwaZulu-Natal, as it is not only the start of the school holiday, but also the annual Durban-July Race at the Greyville Racecourse in Durban on Saturday, 01 July. Around 60000 people head towards Greyville for this event,” explains N3TC’s commercial manager, Con Roux.

Traffic volumes are expected to increase in a southbound direction from around 12:00 on Friday, with high volumes expected between 16:00 and 19:00 on the N3 Toll Route, and also on Saturday morning between 06:00 and 12:00. Sunday, 02 July is also expected to be another busy traffic day, especially in a northbound direction towards Gauteng from 12:00 to 18:00.

“Apart from this weekend, increased traffic volumes are expected to be spread out during the rest of the school holiday, with another spike in traffic only expected towards the end of the holiday period (on 23 July) as holiday makers head back towards Gauteng,” says Roux.

N3 Toll Concession manages the N3 Toll Route between Heidelberg in Gauteng and Cedara in KwaZulu-Natal.

Road works during the holiday period

Keeping a national road in good nick requires on-going maintenance and rehabilitation work. Regular maintenance preserves the asset.

Construction and general maintenance work will be carried out throughout the holiday season, but will be limited on peak traffic days. Work is currently undertaken along the following sections of the N3 Toll Route:

  • between De Hoek Toll Plaza and Vaal River crossing;
  • between Warden and Harrismith;
  • between Sand River and Frere; and
  • between Tweedie and Cedara.

Traffic may be restricted in construction zones to one lane in each direction under reduced speed limits. Road users are requested to obey traffic regulations, keep a safe following distance, and show regard for construction and maintenance teams.

Help limit uncontrolled, runaway veld fires

The threat of destructive veld fires increases during the dry winter season.

As a precautionary measure, and to limit the risk of uncontrolled fires, N3TC burns firebreaks within the road reserve (strips of land directly adjacent to the main road) along the N3 Toll Route. This programme runs until the end of July.

Weather permitting, N3TC’s fire break teams will work along sections of the N3 Route during the upcoming weeks. All necessary steps are taken to ensure safety. Areas where controlled burns are undertaken will be clearly demarcated utilising flagmen, signage, and flashing lights.

When approaching fire or smoke across the road, motorists are advised to:

  • immediately reduce speed;
  • switch the vehicle’s headlights and emergency lights on;
  • if visibility remains good, proceed with extreme caution; but
  • if smoke is heavy and visibility poor, rather pull as far as possible off the road before reaching the smoke.

“The golden rule is, if you cannot see through the smoke, do not proceed,” ends Roux.

Get advance traffic information or report emergencies on the N3 Toll Route here:

Motorists can obtain traffic information or report any problems along the Route to N3TC’s 24-hour emergency helpline: 0800 63 4357 (0800 N3 HELP) or via Twitter: @N3Route.