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Sanral announces N2 road closure in Makhanda. Image: iStock

N2 in KZN closed after heavy rain damages part of the road

Sanral had closed part of the N2 between Izingolweni and Harding in KwaZulu-Natal after flash floods damaged part of the road.

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Sanral announces N2 road closure in Makhanda. Image: iStock

The South African National Road Agency (Sanral) has advised motorists to use alternative routes as the N2 between Izingolweni and Harding in KwaZulu-Natal is closed.

Heavy rains that battered parts of KwaZulu-Natal damaged part of the road on Saturday, 13 January.


Sanral Routine Road Maintenance in the Eastern Region Samantha Dladla said the closure of this part of the N2 in KwaZulu-Natal is necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of road users.

Dladla advised to use the alternative route via the P58 road between Booker and Harding. This route has been identified as the most suitable detour.

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Furthermore, heavy vehicles are specifically urged to seek alternative routes via Umzimkulu, Ixopo, and Bizana.

“These routes have been deemed more suitable for heavy motor vehicles and will help prevent congestion, potential delays, and related risks.

“Sanral is currently assessing the extent of the damage and will be working around the clock to repair the road as soon as it is safe. Updates on the progress of repairs will be provided to the public in due course,” said Dladla.

Motorists are advised to plan their journeys accordingly and to follow all detour signs and instructions provided by traffic officials.

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Sanral also warned motorists of barriers that will be placed on the N2 southbound shoulder of the Phongolo River Bridge as part of ongoing infrastructure repairs.

The barriers will be placed on the southbound shoulder between Tuesday, 16 January 2024, and Thursday, 18 January 2024.

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Sanral warns motorists of barriers on N2 in Pongola. Image: Pixabay

Sanral Eastern Region Project Manager Serisha Sukraj said that during this period, traffic will be accommodated using a stop/go control between 9:00 and 15:00.

Motorists have since been advised to plan their routes accordingly and allow for extra travel time, especially when accessing travel hubs such as airports.

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