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R31 opened to heavy vehicles

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Heavy vehicles will be permitted to pass through the stop-and-go traffic system on the R31 road in the vicinity of Wildebeeskuil Pan near Platfontein.

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HEAVY vehicles will from Tuesday, July 19, be permitted to pass through the stop-and-go traffic system on the R31 road in the vicinity of Wildebeeskuil Pan near Platfontein.

This is after the Northern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works stated that it has made considerable progress with the elevation of this section of the provincial road.

Department spokesperson Crystal Robertson said layer work on the northern lane of the road has been completed and traffic has been directed from the emergency gravel lane onto the new tarred lane.

“The department is satisfied with the progress on site. Construction is ongoing and we would like to remind motorists, including truck drivers, to adhere to the instructions of the stop-and-go officers and flagmen on site,” said Robertson.

“We caution motorists not to speed when passing through the traffic system, which is approximately 1.5 kilometres long, but to adhere to a speed limit of 40 kilometres per hour. The department has erected speed bumps that will assist in speed control.

“The estimated waiting period on the lane is approximately 20 minutes and we rely on the co-operation of road users to ensure the safety of workers and motorists.”

Roberson added that further repair work will be conducted on the road.

“The department remains committed to completing this project. Our future planning work includes the completion of the southern lane’s layer work, the asphalt surfacing over both lanes and the ancillary work, which will include guardrails on both shoulders of the road, road signs and road markings.”

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