A section of the N3 Toll Route from Harrismith to Heidelberg has now been re-opened. But the N3 Toll Concession says that the southbound section to KwaZulu-Natal remains closed.
The forced closure comes amid continuing protests and looting.
Operations manager, Thania Dhoogra, says motorists can now travel from Harrismith in the Free State and Heidelberg in Gauteng but must do so with extreme caution.
“The northern section of the N3 toll route from Harrismith to the Free State to Heidelberg south in Gauteng has been re-opened to traffic. Motorists may now travel in that section of the route but are advised to do so with extreme caution. The situation in Mooi River and other parts of KwaZulu-Natal remains volatile. Motorists are reminded that due to high security and safety concerns in the area. Travel between Cedara and Harrismith is still not possible and that section of the N3 Toll route remains closed.”
N3TC’s Route Services is continuing to monitor and patrol the N3 Toll Route.
Furthermore, support services such as recovery teams, towing services, and clean-up crews are currently unavailable to assist with the clearing of parts of the route following the recent spate of riots and civil unrest.
The southern section of the N3 Toll Route will only be re-opened 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.
14h32 13/07 #TrafficAlert: #N3TollRoute RE-OPENED for travel between #Harrismith and #Heidelberg. Please proceed with extreme caution. #N3TollRoute between #Cedara and #Harrismith remains CLOSED to all traffic for #safety & #security. Please adjust travel plans accordingly.
— N3 Toll Concession (@N3Route) July 13, 2021
Trucks burnt on the N3 at the Mooi River Toll Plaza: