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Massive backlog on Van Reenen’s Pass as repair work continues following truck fire

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Northbound lanes on Van Reenen’s Pass remain closed whilst urgent and extensive repair work is underway following the devastating truck fire earlier this week.

N3 Toll Concession (N3TC), the company managing the N3 Toll Route between Cedara in KwaZulu-Natal and Heidelberg in Gauteng, warns road users to be aware of the northbound lane closures on Van Reenen’s Pass near the Pyramids Motel.

A single lane in each direction is currently open to traffic while repairs are underway.

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The fire, in the early hours of Monday morning, caused major damage to the road surface. A dual fuel tanker carrying both petrol and diesel caught fire and caused burning fuel to leak and spread across the road setting another four trucks alight.

“N3TC’s recovery and construction teams have been working around the clock since Monday to recover and clean up the scene, and now to repair the damage to this section of the N3 Toll Route.

Road users should expect congestion and prepare for possible delays along the Pass this weekend.

Everything possible is being done to finish the repairs before the start of the peak holiday season. Weather permitting, it should be completed, and all lanes re-opened, early next week,” says N3TC’s commercial manager, Con Roux.

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“Please consider travel conditions along the N3 route. Rain and fog patches may continue throughout the weekend. Remember to keep headlights switched on, reduce speed and to increase your following distance,” says Roux.

Roux expressed N3TC’s appreciation to the specialist construction teams, law enforcement authorities and all services who are assisting on Van Reenen’s Pass.

“Your dedication, and the patience and understanding of our road users, are making a tangible difference to the current situation,” ends Roux.

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