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Limited entry to the Swartberg Pass from 20 October 2017
From 20 October 2017, limited access will be possible from the Prince Albert side of the Swartberg Pass. The pass will be open for traffic from Friday mornings to 8 am on Monday Mornings.
Until Friday 20 October and after that date at any time from 8 am on a Monday morning to Friday mornings, no motor vehicles, motorcyclists, cyclists, hikers or unauthorised persons are to access the section of the Swartberg Pass that is under repair at any time.
The Northern entrance to the Swartberg Pass as well as four different sections along the rest of the pass were seriously damaged by a flood early in April 2017. The entrance to the pass on the Prince Albert side was washed away completely. Repairs started at the end of May 2017 and are progressing well, but given the narrow confines of the pass entrance, it is not possible for the repair team to work with the large equipment necessary and allow any vehicles or cyclists through.
The closure of the pass has had a severe effect on the tourism industry in Prince Albert and Prince Albert Tourism ask visitors and residents to respect the fact that there are times when access to the pass is prohibited. Every time someone tries to pass unauthorised, work has to stop, delaying the completion of repairs and further damaging the economy of our beautiful town and valley.
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