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M4 Highway: No confirmation as to when Durban roadway will be reopened

Metro Police said they cannot confirm when the M4 highway in Durban will reopen, despite holidaymakers and the festive season on its doorstep.

M4 Highway KZN Floods rain

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The M4 highway in Durban is currently closed due to heavy rainfall over the past few days. Authorities cannot confirm when it will reopen, despite it being the festive season with most people setting out to travel. 

For Durban locals and tourists, this is quite an inconvenience because the M4 is the main alternative route to the North Coast, other than the N2. The M4 will also lead you to the popular coastal town of Ballito and the tourist attraction Sibaya Casino in Durban.

Due to the highway being closed, major traffic delays can now be expected.  

M4 highway closure 

On Monday 9 December 2019 at 22:00, the Durban Metro Police Services were called to the M4 highway at the construction site between Sibaya Casino and Umhlanga. 

Once they arrived, they found a further wash-away while the construction was in progress for the roadway. 

Durban Metro Police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad said it is now a major wash-away and the work which was anticipated to have been completed and the reopening of road at the end of December 2019, is no longer guaranteed. 

“This has put the work further back and we are not sure as to when the roadway will be opened,” said Sewpersad.  

“I can confirm that the authorities from the Department of Transport and Metro Police are meeting on the scene today [10 December 2019],” he added. 

Motorists must brace themselves for traffic delays  

Sewpersad urged motorists to plan their travelling times accordingly during the festive season. 

Sewpersad said all the alternative routes – the M41/R102 and the N2 – had been heavily congested since the closure of the M4 Highway. 

“Motorists need to plan, expect delays and make sure they receive traffic alerts by listening to the radio, checking Twitter traffic accounts and monitoring GPS services for traffic congestion and backlogs,” said Sewpersad. 

“School holidays have helped in the sense that traffic hasn’t been heavily congested in the mornings. However, parents need to plan for the opening of schools in the new year and possibly leave home earlier.”