Cape Town – Following extensive research and planning, The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has put together an operations plan for the much needed upgrades to the Huguenot Tunnel.
After 31 years of continuous and safe operation, the electrical and mechanical systems have neared its end of life, and are in need of replacement to ensure compliance to international safety standards.
At a stakeholder engagement session held in Worcester on Friday, SANRAL’s regional leadership presented the operational requirements and time schedule of the upgrades to stakeholders from local and provincial government, the road freight industry, the agricultural sector and the local business community.
“In taking into account the travel patterns of road users, peak traffic times, the economic impact of a full-scale closure and detour routes, we have decided that commencing in September 2019, the tunnel would be closed to traffic, from 10pm to 6am, Monday to Thursday. This means that the tunnel will be fully open from Friday to Sunday, for all road users,” said Randall Cable, SANRAL Western Region Manager.
The timing for the upgrades is scheduled for September, October and November 2019.