Van Reenen’s Pass, linking the Free State to KwaZulu-Natal and the key Durban-Johannesburg route, is due to undergo extensive rehabilitation and reconstruction work.
Winding through undulating terrain and at 1768m above sea level, this section of road is prone to extreme weather conditions and often poses traffic management challenges.
“Roads have a limited lifespan. On-going maintenance, regular rehabilitation and reconstruction of sections of the N3 Route is required to ensure high mobility and safety standards,” says N3TC’s commercial manager, Con Roux. “We follow a tightly managed rehabilitation programme along this busy route.”
Work at Van Reenen’s Pass will commence in mid-November 2018 and is expected to take about 22 months to complete.
The rehabilitation work entails the reconstruction of all traffic lanes in both north- and south-bound directions. Truck lanes will be reconstructed and the other lanes will be repaired and receive a new asphalt surface.
“Work will take place in sections, approximately 2km long. Although only a single lane will be closed to traffic at a time, congestion and delays can be expected whilst work is in progress,” said Roux.
In a press release, the N3TC said it was acutely aware of the disruption road construction was likely to cause to the free flow of traffic, and appealed to road users to be patient, and give consideration to their safety and that of the construction workers. A comprehensive traffic management plan had been put in place to minimise disruption and limit inconvenience to road users, it said.
At all times at least one lane will be open to traffic, and if required, traffic will be accommodated contra-flow in lanes where construction is not under way.
“Careful consideration has been given to the time frames of the road works programme to ensure that all lanes are open to traffic at peak traffic periods such as the December holiday season and the Easter long weekend.”
It said construction work on the pass will cease on December 14, 2018 and commence again on January 8, next year.
Road users are reminded that traveling speed limits are lowered in construction zones – as a safety measure – and are requested to adhere to these limits.
N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) manages the strategic N3 road between Heidelberg in Gauteng and Cedara in KwaZulu-Natal.
*It is recommended to anyone planning to travel the N3 Toll Route that they obtain essential, real-time traffic information by contacting the 24-hour N3 Route Helpline on 0800 63 4357 or by following N3TC on Twitter: @N3Route. Any problems on the N3 Toll Route can also be reported to N3TC via this number or Twitter.