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SANRAL’s road safety education aims to improve road user attitude and behaviour

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SANRAL’s road safety education aims to improve road user attitude and behaviour

Caption: SANRAL took its road safety awareness campaign to road users in KwaNonesi Mall in Komani

Komani, Eastern Cape, 20 May 2024 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) is maintaining a prominent role in road safety education and awareness as it engages motorists in various municipalities across the Eastern Cape.

SANRAL hosted a road safety awareness campaign on Friday 17 May, at the KwaNonesi Mall in Komani in the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality, where it targeted all road users, including motorists, passengers and pedestrians.

“Road safety is a national priority and SANRAL has a clearly defined role to provide both safe roads and infrastructure. But our role does not end there. Road safety is a strategic pillar that underpins our organisational strategy,” said Michelle Ah Shene, SANRAL’s Regional Marketing and Communications Coordinator.

“Our efforts are geared at improving road user attitude and behaviour, as well as to engage communities in road safety awareness,” she added.

Under the banner of ‘Road Safety Starts with You’, SANRAL’s campaign emphasises personal responsibility on the roads. Messages such as ‘One look before you cross or overtake, ‘One rest can save your life’ and ‘One call can end it all’ underscore the effort required to mitigate road risks and to ensure safer journeys for all.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 92% of the world’s road fatalities occur in low- and middle-income countries where more than half of all road traffic deaths are among vulnerable road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Speaking at a Media Dialogue on the State of Road Safety in South Africa held on 15 May, Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga, said research shows that Africa is the least motorised continent containing 2% of the global vehicle population but contributes 16% of the recorded global road fatalities.

“The top 20 hazardous roads in South Africa are our national roads. It is the N1, N3, R61, and the Moloto Road. All these roads are in a good condition. They are the best roads we have in South Africa, probably on the continent and they compare well with the roads that we have internationally. But that is where our accidents happen because of the way people drive,” said Chikunga.

The R61 between Komani and Cofimvaba is one such road that is frequented by road crashes due to factors including speeding, stray livestock, j-walking and reckless driving.
“We want to drive the message home that safer roads are a collective responsibility for all road users to play their part. We want to encourage safe behaviour among all road users, whether drivers, pedestrians and residents,” said Ah Shene.

A motorist from Komani, Nico Morwane, says patience on the road is key to safe driving and could save South Africa from the road carnage.
“You must be patient and always be aware of other motorists. Drivers tend to be in a hurry all the time and this affects their judgement. This results in serious crashes that could be avoided. Thanks to SANRAL for reminding us on how to behave on the roads.”

Young people took turns testing their driving skills on the racing simulators inside a tent.

“The simulator taught me that speeding can be dangerous on both straight roads and on bends,” said 15-year-old Lisakhanya Stengile as he tested his driving skill. “Keeping to the speed limit will take you home safely. As a pedestrian, the message I took from here is to be alert while walking along the road because some of them don’t have pavements.”

SANRAL publications containing information about road infrastructure projects, the tender process and transformation policy were distributed to motorists and pedestrians alike to drive the safety message home.

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Stop/Go on N2 Section 16, from Mooiplaas to Qumrha T-Junction, in the Eastern Cape

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Stop/Go on N2 Section 16, from Mooiplaas to Qumrha T-Junction, in the Eastern Cape

Gqerberha, 20 May 2024 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) advises road users that a Stop/Go system has been implemented on the N2 Section 16, from Mooiplaas to Qumrha T-Junction (formerly Komga), where a periodic road maintenance project is currently underway.

The 4km one-way Stop/Go system will be in place from Mooiplaas to Qumrha T- Junction from 20 May to 28 May 2024. Motorists can expect a 10- to 20-minute delay at the Stop/Go.

“The road maintenance encompasses routine upkeep, surface repairs, handling minor damages, resealing, and adjusting textures. Although these activities may lead to temporary inconvenience, their substantial long-term benefit lies in preserving the infrastructure,” said Mr Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL’s Southern Regional Manager.

SANRAL appeals to motorists to adhere to the warning signs, to reduce speed when approaching the construction zones and to plan their trips accordingly as there are no surfaced alternative routes available.

SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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SANRAL and Provincial Traffic collaborate to improve safety and mobility at high-risk intersection – N2 Knysna Road and Urbans Boulevard

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SANRAL and Provincial Traffic collaborate to improve safety and mobility at high-risk intersection – N2 Knysna Road and Urbans Boulevard

Western Cape, 16 May 2024 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) and Western Cape Government Provincial Traffic are working together to improve safety and mobility during the R700 million upgrade of the N2 between Kraaibosch and Touw River, where a pointsman, supported by Provincial Traffic will be dedicated to direct traffic during peak travel times.

The current road improvement construction contract starts at Kraaibosch at the N2 George Interchange and ends at the Touw River, just past Wilderness. As part of the improvement contract, a 3km section of the N2 between Kraaibosch and the turn-off to Victoria Bay will be reconstructed as all pavement layers needs to be replaced. This section of road will also be widened in places to accommodate four lanes (two in each direction).

The existing intersection (previously a traffic circle), between Urbans Boulevard and Rademachers falls within this section of road. “Given the significant traffic volume, every effort is made to maintain two-way traffic and minimise one-way traffic accommodation sections by means of a Stop/Go traffic control,” said David Le Cordeur, SANRAL Project Manager.

“Furthermore, for the contractor to do the required work on this section of road, while maintaining two-way traffic, certain lanes needed to be closed. This resulted in the temporary removal of the traffic circle and replacing it with the existing intersection to Rademachers and the Urbans Boulevard. Once the road surface improvements have been completed, the traffic circle will be reconstructed.”

Le Cordeur explained that the N2 traffic currently has right of way with a 60 km/h speed limit and the adjoining traffic from Rademachers and the Urbans Boulevard is controlled by means of Stop signs.

“The frustration experienced by road users, particularly the adjoining traffic from Rademachers and Urbans Boulevard is noted and to this end, Provincial Traffic will henceforth be on site during peak travel times, to assist the contractor’s pointsman in directing the traffic at this intersection,” said Le Cordeur.

The contractor will also have flagmen in place to assist the pointsman, who will be in place between 07h00 and 17h30 on weekdays. However, if the traffic situation requires the availability of the pointsman for longer hours, this will be considered.

It is anticipated that the construction period will last for approximately seven months on this section of the road, and road users are encouraged to make provision for additional travel time between George and Wilderness.

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SANRAL N2/N3 EB CLOETE UPGRADE • ROAD CLOSURES • ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

SANRAL N2/N3 EB CLOETE UPGRADE • ROAD CLOSURES • ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Durban, 14 May 2024 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) has announced the following temporary road closures for the placement of bridge beams for the new King Cetshwayo Bridge on the M13 over the N2.

North Bound Closure: 20:00, Saturday 18 May 2024 to 04:00, Sunday 19 May 2024.

South Bound Closure: 20:00, Sunday 19 May 2024 to 04:00, Monday 20 May 2024.

This major road network is and has been under major stress for a number of years, as traffic volumes have exceeded the original design capacity of the EB Cloete Interchange and its feeder roads. The King Cetshwayo Bridge was built in the late 1960s and now cannot accommodate the extra lanes below it.

This current work forms part of a major national road network upgrade that is being undertaken throughout the province to relieve traffic congestion. The N2 Northern and Southern between the EB Cloete Interchange (Spaghetti Junction) and the Umgeni Road Interchange will be closed respectively on Saturday and Sunday nights for eight hours.

These closures are to enable the placement of bridge beams for the new King Cetshwayo Bridge on the M13 over the N2 near Westwood Mall as part of SANRAL’s major upgrade of the N2 North and South bound, and the EB Cloete Interchange. Road closures will take place at various points in a radius outward from the EB Cloete Interchange.

As required for the safety of both road users and the construction team, full traffic accommodation plans are in place and people using this road will have noticed that signage, barriers and traffic calming are already being installed.

Trucks and heavy vehicles are advised to try and delay trips over this period and/or find suitable staging areas over this timeframe to avoid major congestion. Public transport operators must ensure their drivers are aware of route closures and alternatives affecting their commuter routings.

Light vehicle traffic, as well as emergency services and traffic management are advised to make use of alternative routing.

A detailed alternative routing guide can be found on this link: http://www.nra.co.za

All road-users are advised to plan their routes ahead of time and where possible leave for destinations earlier than usual.

NORTH BOUND CLOSURE: 20:00, SAT 18 MAY 2024 TO 04:00, SUNDAY19 MAY 2024.

N2 closed as follows at EB Cloete Interchange (AKA Spaghetti Junction) N3/N2 Interchange

N3 West bound (Durban to Pinetown):

  • Ramp to N2 North (to Umhlanga/King Shaka International Airport)

N3 East bound (Pinetown to Durban):

  • Ramp to N2 North (to Umhlanga/King Shaka International Airport)

N2 North Bound (Amanzimtoti to Umhlanga):

  • On N2 North Freeway (to Umhlanga/King Shaka International Airport)

SOUTH BOUND CLOSURE: 20:00, SUN 19 MAY 2024 TO 04:00, MONDAY 20 MAY 2024.

Umgeni Road (M19)/N2 Interchange

  • M19: No access to N2 South

Inanda Road Interchange

  • N2 South Bound: No access to N2 South

SANRAL appeals to road users to note and comply with the advance warning signs and speed restrictions when travelling past the construction work zones. To prioritise the safety of both the construction workers and road users, the speed limit along the route will be reduced during construction.

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Full closure of the N3 to facilitate blasting at the Market Road Overpass Bridge

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Full closure of the N3 to facilitate blasting at the Market Road Overpass Bridge

Pietermaritzburg, 12 May 2024 – The N3 will be fully closed on 22 May 2024, 5 June 2024 and 12 June 2024 between the hours of 14h30 and 15h00, to facilitate blasting next to the N3 Market Road Overpass Bridge in KwaZulu Natal, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) has announced.

This work will be undertaken as part of the N3 upgrade project from Gladys Manzi Road to New England Road Interchange.

“The N3 closure will take place between the Ashburton and New England Road Interchanges. Closures will also be necessary on the following secondary roads in the vicinity of the blasting activities:

  • Market Road at Van Eck Place
  • Alan Paton Ave at Blackburrow Road

Our traffic accommodation team with the assistance of the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI), will manage and monitor the diversion of traffic during all sessions” said Jason Lowe, SANRAL’s Eastern Region Project Manager.

The full road closures will take place as follows:

22 May 2024, Wednesday

14h30 to 14h45 – Close N3 and secondary roads and blast.

14h45 to 15h00 – Clean up any debris on all roads.

15h00 – Reopen N3 and secondary roads for all vehicles.

5 June 2024, Wednesday

14h30 to 14h45 – Close N3 and secondary roads and blast.

14h45 to 15h00 – Clean up any debris on all roads.

15h00 – Reopen N3 and secondary roads for all vehicles.

12 June 2024, Wednesday

14h30 to 14h45 – Close N3 and secondary roads and blast.

14h45 to 15h00 – Clean up any debris on all roads.

15h00 – Reopen N3 and secondary roads for all vehicles.

The R103 will be available as an alternative route during the blast. Substantial delays are however likely as the R103 is unable to handle the same volume of traffic as the N3.

The closure may need to be adjusted depending on weather conditions on the day. If that happens, a second notice with information of the new time will be issued.

“Motorists are urged to remain patient during the closure and are advised to plan and adjust their routes while adhering to speed limits. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused and appreciates the public’s patience during the ongoing major road enhancements.” said Lowe.

 

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Stop/Go on N2 Section 16, from Mooiplaas to Qumrha T-Junction, in the Eastern Cape

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Stop/Go on N2 Section 16, from Mooiplaas to Qumrha T-Junction, in the Eastern Cape

Gqerberha, 6 May 2024 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) advises road users that a Stop/Go system has been implemented on the N2 Section 16, from Mooiplaas to Qumrha T-Junction (formerly Komga), where a periodic road maintenance project is currently underway.

The 4km one-way Stop/Go system will be in place from Mooiplaas to Qumrha T- Junction from 8 May to 17 May 2024. Motorists can expect a 10- to 20-minute delay at the Stop/Go.

“The road maintenance encompasses routine upkeep, surface repairs, handling minor damages, resealing and adjusting textures. Although these activities may lead to temporary inconvenience, their substantial long-term benefit lies in preserving the infrastructure,” said Mr Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL’s Southern Regional Manager.

SANRAL appeals to motorists to adhere to the warning signs, to reduce speed when approaching the construction zones and to plan their trips accordingly as there are no surfaced alternative routes available.

SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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Huguenot Tunnel open to all traffic

UPDATED TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Huguenot Tunnel open to all traffic

Western Cape, 8 May 2024 – The Huguenot Tunnel is currently open to all traffic, in both directions, as of 01h30 today. This after a serious crash between a heavy motor vehicle and a bakkie with a trailer, just before 19h00 yesterday, 7 May caused a full tunnel closure, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) has announced.

“Rescue services were quickly on scene and attended to injuries and thankfully no fatalities occurred due to the crash. Provincial Traffic redirect traffic via the alternative route while the emergency response and tunnel maintenance teams retrieved the wreckage and cleared all debris. The teams had cleared the scene and ensured it was safe to re-open the road by 01h30 this morning and the tunnel remains fully open to all traffic,” said Mike Vinello-Lippert, SANRAL Project Manager for the Huguenot Tunnel.

SANRAL will keep the public updated on the tunnel operations.

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Huguenot Tunnel closed to all traffic

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Huguenot Tunnel closed to all traffic

Western Cape, 7 May 2024 – The Huguenot Tunnel is currently closed to all traffic, in both directions, following a crash between a heavy motor vehicle and a bakkie with a trailer around 7pm today, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) has announced.

Rescue services are on scene and attending to injuries, while Provincial Traffic is on hand to direct traffic via the alternative route.

“The tunnel will remain closed in order to retrieve the wreckage, clear all debris, and assess and effect repairs to the infrastructure inside the tunnel” said Mike Vinello-Lippert, SANRAL Project Manager for the Huguenot Tunnel.

SANRAL will keep the public updated on the tunnel operations.

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Full closure to accommodate blasting alongside the N3 near the Peacevale Interchange

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Full closure to accommodate blasting alongside the N3 near the Peacevale Interchange

Durban, 7 May 2024 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) has announced that the N3 will be fully closed on 23 May 2024, between 14h30 and 15h00, to facilitate blasting next to the N3 opposite the Peacevale Interchange, as part of the N3 Section 2 Realignment Project.

“The N3 closure will take place between the M13/N3 split and the Hammarsdale Interchange. Closures will also be necessary on the following secondary roads in the vicinity of the blasting activities:

  • Meadway Road at Thousand Hills Street intersection.
  • Sterkspruit Road at Capital Hill Drive intersection.
  • D706 Road accessing Peacevale.

“Our traffic accommodation team, with the assistance of the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI), will manage and monitor the diversion of traffic during all sessions,” said Jason Lowe, SANRAL’s Eastern Region Project Manager.

The full road closures scheduled for Thursday, 23 May 2024 are proposed to take place as follows:

  • 14h30 to 14h45 – Close N3 and secondary roads and blast.
  • 14h45 to 15h00 – Clean up any debris on the N3 and secondary roads.
  • 15h00 – Reopen N3 and secondary roads for all vehicles.

The R103 will be available as an alternative route during the blast. Substantial delays are, however, likely as the R103 is unable to handle the same volume of traffic as the N3. The closure may need to be adjusted depending on weather conditions on the day. If that happens, a second notice with information of the new time will be issued.

“We ask motorists to be patient during the closure and to plan their route trips to accommodate the closure while adhering to speed limits. SANRAL apologises to the motoring public for any inconvenience caused during road construction,” said Lowe.

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CHANGES IN TRAFFIC ACCOMMODATION AT UMLAAS ROAD INTERCHANGE ON N3 SECTION 2

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

CHANGES IN TRAFFIC ACCOMMODATION AT UMLAAS ROAD INTERCHANGE ON N3 SECTION 2

Pietermaritzburg, 6 May 2024 – The southbound off-ramp onto the R103 to access the Umlaas Road (Umbumbulu) Interchange (no 61) on the N3 between Camperdown and Pietermaritzburg will be temporary relocated and the R103 temporarily diverted onto a portion of the newly constructed N3 on 15 May 2024, said Jason Lowe, SANRAL Eastern Region Project Manager.

Motorists travelling in a southerly direction on the N3 from Pietermaritzburg towards R56, Richmond, Thornville or Umbumbulu are advised to take the relocated temporary off-ramp onto the R103 (as per the red route indicated in figure 1 below) and follow the R103 onto a portion of the N3 to the Umlaas Road Interchange (as per the purple route indicated in figure 2 below).

Motorists intending to travel north on the R103 from R56, Richmond, Thornville or Umbumbulu towards Pietermaritzburg are advised that the R103 north of the Umlaas interchange will be temporarily closed. Travelers should therefore take the temporary relocated R103 at Umlaas road interchange, the purple route indicated in figure 2 below.

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The temporary relocation of the R103 is necessary to construct a new on-ramp onto the N3 at Umlaas road interchange.

SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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