Western Cape road closures due to flooding
Western Cape, 25 September 2023 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) wishes to inform road users of various road closures caused by heavy rainfall and excessive flooding.
In the Overberg, the N2 section 2 is closed in Bot River, where a section of the pavement was washed away in the early hours of this morning when the Bot River burst its banks, causing high levels of water to flow over the road.
The following alternative routes could be considered.
To Cape Town: take the R43 via Hermanus to Bot River or the R60 and R62 Swellendam – Ashton – Worcester route, which comes with a detour of at least 130km.
To Swellendam: take off-ramp R43 (Exit 92) to Caledon via Hermanus. Via Villiersdorp, take the turn-off to Franschhoek pass and the Stanford turn-off.
In the Cape Winelands District, in De Doorns, the N1 section 3 is closed between Sandhills and Orchard intersections, as heavy rains continue to fall, with more rain expected today.
All emergency services have been deployed through the Road Incident Management System (RIMS) and are on hand to assist road users who find themselves in affected areas.
“SANRAL would like to appeal to road users to proceed with absolute caution in these extremely wet road conditions and to avoid travelling in the affected areas altogether, if possible,” said Keenan Walbrugh, SANRAL Project Manager.
Once the water levels subside, an engineering assessment of the damage can be done, in order to inform the road repair process and timelines.
SANRAL will keep road users updated of progress on the matter.