Eastern Cape, 5 September, 2017: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to take place between Dutywa and Mthatha on Saturday, 9 September and Sunday, 10 September 2017, weather permitting.
The road will be closed from 5am on Saturday, 9 September until 7pm on Sunday, 10 September.
All travellers are strongly advised to use alternative routes via Nqobo. Light vehicles and local residents can use the temporary bypass at Candu and Sitebe Komkulu. No heavy goods vehicles will be able to use these bypasses and will have to use alternative routes.
The N2 will be closed between Candu at approximately 24KM from Dutywa when travelling towards Mthatha, and Sitebe Komkulu at approximately 41KM from Dutywa when travelling toward Mthatha for the entire period.
The planned road closure is precautionary to undertake two scheduled control blasts which have a considerable risk of significant volumes of loose material shifting onto the road due to the blast proximity to the road. The estimated time to remove the loose material cannot be undertaken within the maximum permissible time allowed for a weekday road closure.
As traffic volumes are considerably lower over weekends, it is proposed to undertake the blast during this period to reduce the impact on the travelling public. The planned closure is weather permitting and a final notice will be issued closer to the scheduled blast.
“Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Manager.
SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused.
Source: Eastern Cape – MyPR.
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