Route Update - October 2011
Thick mist in the high lying areas between Donkerhoek (near Pretoria) and the Lowveld may cause dangerous driving conditions early in the mornings and late at night.
TRAC appeals to road users to exercise the utmost caution when driving conditions are poor.
· Switch vehicle lights on
· Slow down
· Increase following distance
· Do not overtake vehicles in front of you
· Do not stop
· Remain patient
Lowering of speed limit in Schoemanskloof
WARNING: The maximum speed limit on the Schoemanskloof section of the N4 has decreased from 120km per hour to 100km per hour.
Traffic volumes along Schoemanskloof have increased and more heavy vehicles are now using this winding road. By lowering the maximum speed the speed differential is decreased between slower/heavier vehicles and Class 1 vehicles. This provides for a safer road.
Wild animals may roam free
Parts of the N4 winds through rural areas where nature and wildlife still abound. Animals such as hippo’s, crocodiles and even leopard may wander onto the road. Please adhere to warning signs indicating the danger of wild animals in a particular area and proceed with caution.
Report dangerous situations or incidents to TRAC’s helpdesk and emergency centre on 0800 8722 64 / 082 881 444.
Maintenance and construction
Schagen to Nelspruit Ring Road split near Mataffin
Construction of a dual carriageway is now underway. Work will not impact on traffic at the moment.
Expected completion date: March 2013.
Diamond Hill Toll Plaza to Bronkhorstspruit
New road markings (lines) will be painted in this section. Lane restrictions will apply and may cause some delays during peak periods.
Bronkhorstpruit to eMalahleni/Witbank
Fatigued asphalt in this section is being milled and replaced. Work is undertaken on the east- and westbound carriageways. Lane restrictions will be in place and may cause delays. Completion of the maintenance work is expected early December.
Diamond Hill to Lowveld
Bridge maintenance is being done from Diamond Hill to the Lowveld region. Contractors are currently working in the Balmoral, eMalahleni and Highveld regions. Repair work is not expected to influence traffic flow. All lanes will remain open.
St Micheils near Dalmanutha (between Belfast and Machadodorp)
An underpass is being constructed at the St Micheils golf estate development. This work is not being done by TRAC, but it has an impact on N4 traffic. Only a single lane is open to traffic in each direction. According to the construction engineers, the expected completion date is February 2012.
Causes of accidents
The most recent accident reports indicate the following top five causes of accidents on the N4 in South Africa and Mozambique.
1. Negligent driving (including speed and u-turn)
2. Lost control
3. Burst tyres
Never make u-turns on a highway where vehicles travel at a high speed. Rather proceed to the next exit to turn around.
Issued: September 30, 2011