CLELAND OVERPASS DEMOLITION WILL RESULT IN ROAD CLOSURE OF N3 NEAR PIETERMARITZBURG
Pietermaritzburg, 3 December 2023 – The N3 will be closed at 18h00 on the night of 9 December 2023 until 06h00 on the morning of 10 December 2023 to facilitate the demolition of Cleland Bridge on the N3, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) has announced.
“Full closures will take place at Ashburton and Market Road interchanges with both the Northbound and Southbound traffic being unable to access the N3 during said times. The closures are due to the demolition of the Cleland bridge on the N3 North and South Bound as part of the N3 construction process. The traffic accommodation team, with the assistance of the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI), will manage and monitor the diversion of traffic to the R103,” said Stephné Wilmot, SANRAL’s Eastern Region Project Manager.
The full N3 road closure will take place as follows:
9 December 2023
18h00 to 00h00 – Close N3 (both directions) and proceed to break the bridge structure.
10 December 2023
00h00 to 06h00 – Complete breaking, clean and reopen N3 (both directions) allowing for traffic to flow.
The available alternative routes to traffic are:
1. Northbound Traffic to be taken off at the Ashburton Interchange onto R103 and back onto the N3 at Market Road Intersection.
2. Southbound Traffic to be taken off at the Market Road Interchange onto R103 and back onto the N3 at the Ashburton Intersection.
The closure may need to be adjusted depending on weather conditions on the day. SANRAL will keep the road users updated on progress and changes to the above through further media statements.
“SANRAL wishes to apologise to the motoring public for any inconvenience caused during the road closure. This is an unavoidable consequence of the road improvements. Attempts have been made to minimise disturbances as far as possible and closures have been restricted to hours when traffic is at its lowest level,” said Wilmot.
Motorists, especially heavy vehicles, are urged to plan their trips to avoid traveling during this period if at all possible, to be patient while driving through the alternative routes, to adhere to the traffic officials commands and to adhere to signage placed and speed limits.