N1 and Huguenot Tunnel closed due to mudslides
Western Cape, 15 June 2023 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) would like to inform road users that due to adverse weather conditions that resulted in mudslides and rockfall, the Huguenot Tunnel is currently closed to all traffic from Worcester towards Cape Town. All vehicle classes are being granted passage northbound from Cape Town in the Worcester direction.
Heavy storms during the night have resulted in a rock- and mudslide near the Eastern Truck Check Station, blocking the N1 direction Cape Town. All vehicles from Worcester side are being diverted to alternative routes. Du Toitskloof Pass is also affected with rock- and mudslides and Provincial Traffic is on hand to divert traffic elsewhere.
“All emergency services have been activated to clear the road, in order to re-open the tunnel to all vehicle classes. We appeal for patience and vigilance during these adverse weather conditions, with strict adherence to speed restrictions,” said Mike Vinello-Lippert, SANRAL Project Manager.
Furthermore, the N1 at De Wet, just after Worcester in the direction of De Doorns has been closed for all traffic in both directions. The closure is in place with directional signage at the R43, from where Provincial Traffic is diverting traffic via Ceres.
Before travelling, please ensure that the route is open to traffic and allow additional traveling time due to the current adverse weather conditions, which may affect several alternative routes.