N3 toll route affected by protests

April 2, 2018

VAAL TRIANGLE - The company responsible for the N3 toll road between Durban and Johannesburg this morning confirmed a "total road closure" due to protest action at Mooi River. The protest started around dawn. Protesters reportedly used burning tyres to block the national route, and there were some reports of rocks being thrown at cars and truck being burnt. The N3 sees the heaviest traffic of any long-distance toll road every Easter Monday as holidaymakers from Gauteng return from long weekend breaks in Durban and the surrounding KwaZulu-Natal coast on the same day. This year a peak as high as 3,500 vehicles per minute was expected between 9:00 and noon today, with lesser peaks later in the day. Police said surrounding roads were also closed. The closure of the alternative R103 road meant the best way around the protest was via Greytown on the R33 and R74. For those stuck close to the Mooi Toll Plaza, that would mean returning to Pietermaritzburg, some 60 kilometres back the way they had come, and rejoining the N3 after Colenso, a detour of around 50 kilometres in total – on roads not equipped for peak holiday traffic. - Adapted from Business Insider
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