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R31 road still closed to traffic

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The section of the R31 road between Koopmansfontein and Middelpos is still closed to traffic while repairs are under way.

Repairs are under way on a section of the R31. Pictures: Supplied and Facebook

THE SECTION of the R31 road between Koopmansfontein and Middelpos is still closed to traffic while repairs are under way.

The road, which is full of potholes, was closed this week due to flooding following recent rains.

Northern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works spokesperson Crystal Robertson said on Sunday that they would reassess the situation this coming week.

“At the moment the road is still closed due to roadworks that continued over the weekend. The Department of Roads and Public Works is hard at work repairing the damages on the R31 provincial road.

“We assure all citizens of this Province that we remain focused on our main aim which is to enable the transportation of goods and services on this economic route as soon as possible. In this quest, we are redirecting our efforts, resources and manpower in order to deliver on this commitment.”

She added that the road reserves and segments of neighbouring farms remain flooded.

“To date, several potholes and edge breaks have been repaired, however, certain risky areas still exist. The road will remain closed to allow road workers a safe working environment.”

Robertson advised motorists and truck drivers to make use of the national routes, namely the N8, N12 and N14, as more rain is predicted for this area and the roads could be slippery.

“We request motorists to refrain from using the Blikfontein (DR3399) gravel road, just before/after the Koopmansfontein bridge. We urge road users, especially those with light vehicles, to be patient, reduce their speed and drive with caution.”

The detailed information regarding the detour routes is as follows:

To Kuruman from Kimberley: Travel on the N12 to Warrenton, Jan Kempdorp, Taung, Vryburg then to Kuruman.

Postmasburg to Kimberley: Take the R325 to Griekwastad (55km of gravel road), then join the N8 to Kimberley.

From Lime Acres to Kimberley: Take R385 to Campbell (69km of gravel road), then join the N8.

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