Clarence Drive road update

Notice Date: 29 December 2023

The Western Cape Department of Infrastructure received complaints about near head-on collisions in the stop-and-go sections on Clarence Drive. An immediate investigation was launched and points men, radios as well as barriers and delineators were all found to be in place.
The investigation revealed a worrying trend. Road users simply stop in the closed sections to take walks, take pictures, go to the water’s edge, and the like. Once done, they simply rejoin traffic irrespective of which direction traffic is coming from. This has led to several near head-on collisions.

Notice Date: 21 December 2023

Clarence Drive is open. There are 6 stop-and-go points which will add to your travel time. Road users are encouraged to factor in additional travel time when using this route.

Notice Date: 11 December 2023
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Clarence Drive is set to reopen today, 11 December 2023. While the road will be opened as soon as it is safe, road users are urged to plan and delay trips till late afternoon to allow teams to fully vacate the site. The road will be open, with traffic accommodation, in time for afternoon traffic at 16:00.

Notice Date: 30 November 2023

Repairs to Clarence Drive, the Palmiet Bridge and R43/R44 intersection are progressing well after significant damage following the unprecedented weather system that hit the Western Cape on the Heritage Day long weekend. However, a number of restrictions remain in place for reasons of public safety.

Notice Date: 29 November 2023
  • Clarence Drive remains closed to all road users including cyclists and pedestrians. The Department aims to reopen the road by mid-December 2023.

Notice Date: 21 November 2023
  • R44 (Clarence Drive) remains closed until further notice.

Notice Date: 5 June 2023
  • R44 (Clarence Drive) remains open.

Notice Date: 2 June 2023

R44 (Clarence Drive): road reopened

The Western Cape Department of Infrastructure can confirm that the R44 Clarence Drive has been reopened to traffic.

More rain is expected this weekend which could lead to rockfalls.

The road may be closed at any time and without notice should it be deemed necessary.

We are consistently monitoring the road.

Road users are reminded never to disregard road closure signs, even if a road may look safe.

Road users are further reminded to adapt their driving to weather conditions.

In rainy weather please slow down, increase your following distance, and switch on your headlights.

The safety of road users remain our top priority.

Notice Date: 31 May 2023

R44 (Clarence Drive) road closure due to rockfalls

The Western Cape Department of Infrastructure can confirm that the R44 Clarence Drive is currently closed due to rockfalls.

There are still regular, rock falls due to intermittent rain. More rain has been forecasted for this weekend.

We are consistently monitoring and cleaning the road.

There is a high probability that the road will only be opened after the weekend.

We will open the road as soon as it is safe to do so.

The safety of road users remain our top priority.