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Motorists are warned that busy traffic conditions may prevail on the N3 Toll Route this weekend as holidaymakers return towards Gauteng at the end of the school holiday.

“While traffic volumes are not expected to be as high as the end of a long weekend, peak conditions may be experienced in a northbound direction on the N3 Toll Route, especially from 12:00 onwards on Sunday,” warns Con Roux, commercial manager of N3 Toll Concession (N3TC).

N3TC manages the national toll route between Cedara in KwaZulu-Natal and Heidelberg in Gauteng.

“To avoid getting caught up in traffic delays, road users are advised to travel outside of peak times, if possible,” says Roux.

Upgrading the N3 Toll Route

Road rehabilitation and improvement projects are currently underway along some sections of the N3 Toll Route.

Cedara to Howick

Major reconstruction work is being undertaken between Cedara and Howick. This is an essential long-term project which will take approximately 18 months to complete. In this section of the Route, the truck lane is being reconstructed, and the entire road will be resurfaced. Work is currently being undertaken on the southbound carriageway, towards Pietermaritzburg. This weekend, traffic towards Gauteng should not be affected by these road works.

Bergville/Ladysmith Interchange

At peak times, delays can be expected over a short distance near this interchange as only a single lane is currently open to traffic in a northbound direction.

Harrismith to Warden

Rehabilitation work is also being carried out in this section which may cause traffic restriction. “Road users are requested to remain patient and adhere to the road signs guiding motorists through the construction area. Please allow traffic to gradually feed into the single lane so as not to create a gridlock at the approach to construction areas of the N3 Toll Route,” requests Roux.

Expected peak traffic conditions towards Gauteng

The grid below provides an overview of traffic volumes and peak conditions expected in a northbound (NB) direction along the N3 Toll Route this weekend.

  • GREEN: Light to slight increase in volumes < 800 vehicles per hour (vph)
  • YELLOW: Busy traffic conditions with 800 – 1500 vehicles per hour (vph)
  • RED: Heavy (high) traffic volumes (with a slow-moving conditions) > 1500 vehicles per hour (vph)

Slow moving traffic may put a strain on road users and their vehicles. “Should you experience any difficulties along the N3 Toll Route, please find a safe place to pull off the road, and contact N3TC’s 24-hour emergency helpline on 0800 63 4357 (0800 N3 HELP). This number can also be used to obtain advance traffic information and to report any problems that may require intervention from the N3TC route patrol teams, emergency services and/or law enforcement authorities,” advises Roux.

For regular traffic updates please follow N3TC on Twitter: @N3Route.