THE South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) has warned travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to take place between Dutywa and Mthatha on July 17 at about 1pm.
The blast will take place at about 40 kilometres from Dutywa when travelling towards Mthatha.
The road will be closed during the blast. The duration of the closure will be kept to as short duration as possible, but the road could be closed up to a maximum of two hours.
Motorists travelling eastwards towards Mthatha may consider using either of the following two alternative routes by exiting the N2 at Ndabakazi on to the R409 towards Ngqamakwe/ Tsomo or via the R408 at Dutywa towards Ngcobo. Both routes link to the R61 and then re-join the N2 in Mthatha. Similarly, motorists travelling westwards towards East London may consider using the R61 when leaving Mthatha and then link back to the N2 via either R408 after Ngcobo or R409 towards Tsomo. The alternative route is 60 kilometres longer and may add approximately 40 minutes to your trip between East London and Mthatha.
“Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL southern region Manager.
SANRAL has apologised for any inconvenience.