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Road Closure for controlled blasting on N2 between Dutywa and Mthatha

Sep 5, 2017
Road Closure for controlled blasting on N2 between Dutywa and Mthatha

The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers of the planned closure of the N2 between Dutywa and Mthatha for the weekend of 9 and 10 September from 5am on Saturday until 7pm on Sunday, weather permitting.

The planned road closure is precautionary to undertake two scheduled control blasts which have a considerable risk of significant volumes of loose material shifting onto the road due to the blast proximity to the road. The estimated time to remove the loose material cannot be undertaken within the maximum permissible time allowed for a weekday road closure.

As traffic volumes are considerably lower over weekends, it is proposed to undertake the blast during this period to reduce the impact on the travelling public. The planned closure is weather permitting and a final notice will be issued closer to the scheduled blast.

The controlled blasts will take place at approximately two areas; one being 27 kilometres and the other one being 39 kilometres from Dutywa when travelling towards Mthatha.

All travellers are strongly advised to use the alternative routes via the R61 to travel between Dutywa and Mthatha. Motorist travelling eastwards towards Mthatha may consider utilising either of the following two alternative routes by exiting the N2 at Ndabakazi onto the R409 towards Ngqamakwe/Tsomo or via the R408 at Dutywa towards Ngcobo. Both routes link to the R61 and then re-join the N2 in Mthatha. Similarly motorists travelling westwards towards East London may consider using the R61 when leaving Mthatha.

Light vehicles and local residents can use the temporary gravel bypass at Sitebe and Mbashe (Candu and Ludondolo). No heavy goods vehicles will be able to pass through these temporary gravel bypasses as they are only suitable for light vehicles and alternative routes will have to be used.

“Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Manager.

SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused.