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R31 emergency lane open

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The Department of Roads and Public Works opened the emergency lane on the R31 provincial road in the vicinity of Wildebeeskuil Pan for light vehicles weighing less than 3.5 tons on Monday morning.

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THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Roads and Public Works opened the emergency lane on the R31 provincial road in the vicinity of the Wildebeeskuil Pan for light vehicles weighing less than 3.5 tons on Monday morning.

Department spokesperson Crystal Robertson said the emergency lane had a safe gravel surface for a distance of approximately 600 metres.

“Motorists will be able to pass through a stop-and-go traffic control system. Waiting periods will vary due to the required maintenance and active construction taking place in the immediate area,” said Robertson.

She advised heavy-duty vehicles to still use the detour routes via Riverton and Windsorton.

“The underground layers of the emergency gravel lane are still underwater. Opening the section too soon for heavy vehicles might be problematic. The department will re-evaluate the opening of the section for heavy vehicles in the coming days.”

Robertson requested motorists not to speed when passing through the stop-and-go traffic control system and to observe all safety measures.

“We thank the community for their patience and co-operation.”

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