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Franschhoek Pass Closed Again: Construction Resumes with Daily Shutdowns for Soil Nailing

Michael Hawthorne

Stellenbosch – Drivers planning a trip through the picturesque Franschhoek Pass will need to adjust their routes for the next several weeks as construction work to stabilize the landslide-damaged road resumes. The pass, which connects Franschhoek with Grabouw and Villiersdorp, will be closed daily between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, starting Monday, January 8th, and continuing until the end of February 2024.

This closure signifies the start of Phase 1 of the permanent repair project, focusing on a crucial soil-nailing technique to reinforce the slopes. Minister of Infrastructure Tertuis Simmers stressed the importance of the closures: “The safety of all road users remains our primary concern. By closing the pass during construction hours, we ensure optimal working conditions and minimize risk.”

While light vehicles under 5 tons can access the pass outside of closure times, all other vehicles must seek alternative routes. Minister Simmers acknowledges the inconvenience caused by the closures but emphasizes the long-term benefits: “We understand the disruption this may cause, but it is critical for the road’s long-term stability and future reopening to two-way traffic.”

Key points for travellers:

With breathtaking scenery and renowned wineries, the Franschhoek Pass remains a popular destination. However, motorists are urged to plan their journeys accordingly and consider alternative routes during the construction period. By adhering to the closures and restrictions, everyone can contribute to the safe and speedy completion of this critical infrastructure project.

Remember: Stay informed about the latest updates and road closures by visiting the Western Cape Government website.


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