Southbound section of the N3 remains closed, road from Harrismith to Heidelberg opened

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Southbound section of the N3 remains closed, road from Harrismith to Heidelberg opened
Southbound section of the N3 remains closed, road from Harrismith to Heidelberg opened. Photo: Arrive Alive

The northern section of the N3 Toll Route has now been reopened to traffic. Although road users will once again be able to travel between Harrismith in the Free State and Heidelberg in Gauteng, they continue to be advised to do so with extreme caution.

The southern section of the route remains CLOSED. All vehicles will continue to be diverted and/ or turned back from the N3 Toll Route – southbound at Harrismith near the Highway Junction Truck Stop and northbound at the Howick/Midmar turn-off.

N3TC’s Route Services is continuing to monitor and patrol the N3 Toll Route.

Unfortunately, the situation around Mooi River and other parts of KwaZulu-Natal remains volatile, causing high safety and security risks for road users, service operators, as well as to the operation and assets of the N3 Toll Route.

Thus, the entire southern section of the route between Cedara and Harrismith remains CLOSED.

Furthermore, support services such as recovery teams, towing services, and clean-up crews are currently unavailable to assist with the clearing parts of the route following the recent spate of riots and civil unrest.

The southern section of the N3 Toll Route will only be reopened on guidance and instruction of the Provincial Joint Operational Centres (KZN and Free State JOCs), and only once it has been deemed safe to do so, and the clean-up and recovery operations have been completed.

No new reports of violent unrest or looting on the N3 Toll Route have been received thus far today, but the situation on the ground continues to be closely monitored and regularly assessed. All services remain on high alert to the possibility of any further sporadic acts of violence or unrest.

Local residents and road users are requested to immediately report any problems or concerns to N3TC’s 24-hour helpline on 0800 63 43 57. Route updates and emergency assistance on the N3 Toll Route can also be obtained by contacting the helpline or by following @N3Route on Twitter.

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