Stop-and-go on N1 Between Joburg and Cape Town

Stop-and-go traffic control measures will be implemented on the N1 highway sections 10 and 11 from 28 August 2023 and will last until the end of May 2024 for periodic maintenance, says the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL).

N1 sections 10 and 11 stretch between Colesburg and Richmond in the Northern Cape.

These traffic controls will be enforced between Bontebok and Hanover in the Northern Cape, a popular thoroughfare for motorists travelling to and from Gauteng and the Western Cape.

The Stop-and-Go measures are necessary for Sanral to complete the periodic maintenance, which includes the pre-treatment and re-seal of the existing road surface, of the N1 sections 10 and 11, as well as the improvement or replacement of existing drainage and ancillary works infrastructure.

As such, for the next eight to nine months, speed restrictions of 60km/h will be applied at the work zones with motorists urged to take alternative routes or allow extra time when traveling this route.

“Sanral would like to appeal to road users to adhere to the warning signs, reduce speed when approaching the construction zones, and to plan their trips accordingly,” said Jabulile Nyatela, Sanral Project Manager.

Major roadwork projects until 2024

In addition to the N1 Stop-and-Go traffic accommodation that started on 28 August, a large section of the N2 freeway between Makhanda (Grahamstown) and the Fish River Pass in the Eastern Cape will be experiencing weekly blasting operations until the end of July 2024.

These roadworks commenced last week, 22 August, and are taking place every Wednesday at 14h00 on Section 13 of the N2, from kilometre 92.6 to kilometre 103.6, and Section 14, between kilometre 0.0 and kilometre 5.05.

“The road will be closed on these days from 14h00 for a maximum period of three hours, up to 17h00, to allow sufficient time for cleaning the existing N2 and making it safe for the traveling public,” said Sanral.

With both these massive projects affecting travel time on major national routes for the better part of the next year, motorists driving to and from the coastal provinces will have to factor in additional time to get to their end destinations.