Road works along the R44, in the vicinity of Avontuur wine farm outside Somerset West, are continuing, which will include the replacement of damaged pipe culverts.
Events outside the control of the Department of Transport and Public Works have resulted in the works falling behind schedule, and the original contract being terminated.
Urgent steps have been taken to appoint a replacement contractor to expedite the completion of the works.
Although a temporary deviation has been constructed to permit two lanes of traffic to flow in each direction, it will be necessary to close one of the north-bound lanes which will affect traffic travelling towards Stellenbosch for a limited period of time.
The lane closure will occur during the last week of March, and may extend into the first week of April. Weather permitting, the lane closure will not extend for more than five consecutive days.
One of the south-bound lanes which will affect traffic travelling towards Somerset West may also need to be closed to permit certain construction activities to be undertaken, however, this will only be undertaken during off-peak hours.
For safety reasons, the speed limit through the deviation has been reduced to 40 km/* , and due to the narrow width of the deviation, cyclists on the north bound carriageway are urged to use an alternative route.
Winery Road may be used as an alternative route to avoid the possibility of traffic congestion, and to afford cyclists a safer route.
The department thanks motorists and cyclists for their patience and urges them to exercise caution along the R44. The department is aware that delays are frustrating; however, motorists and cyclists will soon be able to enjoy a safer and more pleasant travelling experience on this scenic section of the Winelands.