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What to expect from this week’s closures of the KZN N3 toll routes

The N3 toll route at Lions River in KwaZulu-Natal will be closed intermittently from 10:00 AM today through Wednesday.

N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) said all north and south lanes of the N3 toll route will be closed every two hours in the Lions River interchange area, allowing Eskom to complete work on overhead transmission lines and conductors supplying electricity to the area.

Eskom’s work began in the Lions River area last August. Between mid-August and September 2021, a 579 km stretch of road was affected by periodic closures.

What to expect from today's KZN N3 toll route closures
The table of closures of toll routes N3 from Monday to Wednesday. Photo: Twitter/@N3Route

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Traffic diversions

N3TC warned all road users to prepare for traffic delays on the N3 toll route and the R103.

  • Heavy vehicles are stacked north on the N3 toll route for every two hour interval.
  • Light motor vehicles will be diverted for approximately 45 kilometers via the R103.
  • Northbound Johannesburg traffic will be diverted at the Howick/Midmar interchange.
  • Southbound traffic to Durban will be diverted at the Nottingham Road junction.

Security upgrades

In April, the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) announced the start of construction on section two of the N3, between Cato Ridge and Dardanelles.

The €1.45 billion upgrade, which will take place in 48 months, is to turn the existing four-lane dual carriageway into a 6.4 km eight-lane highway.

This is to increase the capacity on the busy road and to improve the lighting. There will also be a road-over-rail bridge.

In addition, the R103 – which runs next to the N3 – will also be upgraded, with a new section being constructed between the Camperdown junction and the existing section of the R103.

Sanral said the upgrade was also necessary due to the high accident rate and poor road condition.

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