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#NAF16 travel plans: directions and roadworks

Published on 20 June 2016

If you’re planning on driving to the National Arts Festival, you’ll need to factor in a little extra travelling time as there are roadworks on all the major routes to Grahamstown.

However, we have good news for you – the South African National Road Agency (SANRAL) has agreed to suspend the stop-and-gos on the N2 between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown for the duration of the Festival, which runs from 30 June to 10 July.

“It must be borne in mind that construction activities will still be carried out [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][on the N2] but there shall be free-flowing traffic,” Mbulelo Peterson, the regional manager of SANRAL Southern Region, said in a letter to the Festival Organising Committee. “We hope that motorists will still observe and obey the posted construction signs and keep to the speed limit.”

The suspension of the stop-and-go cancels the up-to-40-minute delays on the road from Port Elizabeth. However, we appeal to all drivers to observe the reduced speed limit on some sections of the road as construction is still under way.

If you’re travelling to Grahamstown on the N2 from East London, you may want to drive the “coastal road” via Port Alfred as the stop-and-go on the route via Peddie will still be in place. There are roadworks on the R67, however.

SANRAL says that while it will endeavour to prevent unnecessary delays during the Festival, motorists should note there are roadworks on the R72, R67 (from EL via Port Alfred/Fish River) and N10 (from Cradock).

“SANRAL will be monitoring and evaluating the roadworks during the Festival, and apologises in advance for any inconvenience experienced. The safety of motorists remains our priority,” said Mr Peterson.

Route Direction Location Roadworks Estimated Delay Status
N2 Between East London
and Grahamstown
Coombs Hill Stop-and-go 35 minutes Stop-and-gos will remain in place
N2 Between PE
and Grahamstown
Road section between Colchester and Grahamstown Stop-and-go 0 minutes Stop-and-gos will be removed for duration of Festival
R 72 Between East London
and Grahamstown
Port Alfred and Fish River N/A 0 minutes No stop-and-gos
N10 Between Cradock
and Grahamstown
South of Cradock Stop-and-go 10 minutes Stop-and-gos will remain in place