Road users should be in for a trouble-free drive when travelling on the N7 freeway linking the Western Cape to Namibia during the Easter holidays because there are no roadworks to cause major delays.
The Easter holiday, from 14 to 17 April, is usually when there is a spike in traffic on most major national and provincial highways. These will be the only peak travel times barring any unforeseen major traffic incidents or weather conditions.
Vusi Mona, communications manager of the South African National Roads Agency (SOC) Ltd (SANRAL), called on road users to obey speed limits and slow down at demarcated areas where temporary construction might take place.
Mona said: “The national and provincial road network is a safe environment and if drivers stick to the rules of the road and display tolerance and courtesy towards fellow road users, we should be able to cut down on the unacceptably high rate of fatal crashes.
“Driving requires focus. If you are tired, take a break; do not text and drive. Know you’re WHOA!”
The agency is taking great care to prevent pedestrians or stray animals from entering the freeway network but road users are cautioned to adjust their speed especially during the night.
Road maintenance ahead
Road maintenance activities will, however, take place on the 198km stretch between the Melkbos turn-off and Clanwilliam as well as the Northern Cape border to Vioolsdrift.
Speed limits will be in place at various sections. Motorists can encounter day and night stop-go controls, so caution is advised due to slow-moving heavy vehicles as well as pedestrian activities within the area. Speed will be reduced to 60km/h.
There may be construction on the N7 from the Atlantis turn-off all the way to Clanwilliam. Stop-go controls may be in place during certain times of the day and speed will be reduced to 80km/h.