Lane closure on N2 Sir Lowry’s Pass, for slope stabilisation

Lane closure on N2 Sir Lowry’s Pass, for slope stabilisation

Western Cape, 26 January 2022 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) hereby informs road users of a lane closure on the N2 Section 2 in Sir Lowry’s Pass in the Western Cape.

SANRAL is currently executing a slope stabilisation project on the rock cutting, that involves removing loose rocks, drilling and grouting in some 600 threaded steel anchors, varying in length between 10m and 15m and then placing rock-filled gabions in 3 meter lifts which are held in place by the rock anchors.

“This work is necessitated by the long-term weathering that has occurred on a 300m stretch of exposed cut-face on the mountain side of the N2, some 400m after the hairpin bend when ascending the pass from the Gordons Bay approach,” said Senzo Ngobese, SANRAL Project Manager.

The lane closure, which is approximately 1.4 km in length, includes approximately 500m on either side of the working zone. This allows for advance warning signage and tapering. The closure is currently in effect and will remain in place until end of May 2022. This is to give the contractor sufficient working space while stabilising the slope of the rock cutting. Two way  traffic will be maintained throughout the construction period.

“SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused by the roadworks. We furthermore appeal to road users to be vigilant, patient and compliant with speed restrictions in the construction area. The long-term benefit of safer passage, by far outweigh the short-term inconvenience,” concluded