…By Roland Peterson for TDPel Media.
Motorists traveling between Durban and Pietermaritzburg have been urged to seek alternative routes on Sunday, as several roads will be closed during the Comrades Marathon.
This year’s race is a ‘down run’ from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.
Impact of Roadworks on Race Route
According to Rowyn James, the Comrades Marathon Association Race Director, the ongoing roadworks on the N3 for the first 30km of the race route from Pietermaritzburg to Cato Ridge necessitate additional precautions.
Individuals traveling from Durban to the race start are advised to leave early, preferably by 3:00 am, which is an hour earlier than usual.
Traffic Congestion and Extended Travel Time Expected
James emphasized that the significant volume of traffic during the event will inevitably lead to congestion and substantially longer travel times.
Even without any accidents or vehicle breakdowns, it is estimated that the journey could take approximately one hour and thirty minutes.
Restricted Spectator Spots and Parking Areas
Comrades supporters planning to spectate along the race route are advised that the usual spots and associated parking areas at Lynnfield Park, Umlaas Road, and Camperdown will be inaccessible due to the ongoing roadworks.
Cato Ridge will be the first available location for supporters to gather and observe the runners.
As the Comrades Marathon takes place between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, motorists are urged to plan their routes accordingly due to the road closures.
The ongoing roadworks on the N3 and the expected high volume of traffic during the event necessitate leaving early and considering alternative routes.
Spectators are also advised to take note of restricted areas and parking limitations, with Cato Ridge being the recommended location for viewing the race.
These precautions aim to ensure a smooth and safe experience for all participants and spectators during the marathon.
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