Upgrade of N3 between Cato Ridge Interchange and Dardanelles Cutting enters next phase

Pietermaritzburg 14 June 2021 – Construction work for the upgrade of the N3 from the Cato Ridge Interchange to the northern end of the Dardanelles Cutting, which began in April 2021, is now entering a new phase, which will involve stop/go restrictions, the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has announced.

The patching and re-surfacing of the existing R103, which is the road running alongside the N3, is planned to commence on 14 June 2021 and should be complete towards the end of July 2021. There will be stop/go restrictions, but to accommodate peak traffic, the construction work will be carried out between 9am and 4pm each day.

“Temporary concrete barriers will continue to be erected at night on the right-hand side of both carriageways of the N3 to enable the temporary widening of the southbound to commence. Piling for the foundation of a future bridge at Camperdown Interchange will commence on 21 June 2021,” said Mohamed Parak, SANRAL’s Eastern Region Project Manager.

During all construction activities on the N3, two-lane traffic flow in each direction will be maintained during the daytime, with minimal disruption to the traffic. During night-time, the fast lane will be closed over approximately 2km during the erection of the temporary barriers. This will result in minor delays to traffic.

The current emergency repair works on the N3, which are being carried out at night, are scheduled to be completed by 13 June 2021.

“We appeal to road users to take note of the construction activities and to be observant of the advance warning signs and speed restrictions, when travelling past the construction work zones. Road users are encouraged to plan their trips accordingly, and to make provision for the additional travel time,” said Parak.


Issued by FTI Consulting on behalf of the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL)

For editorial content or additional information contact:  pressoffice@nra.co.za