Collapsed Inanda Road bridge to be reopened soon, repairs almost complete

2013-11-12 00:00

HILLCREST motorists will soon be able to make use of a bridge on Inanda Road — weeks after a portion of the road collapsed after heavy rains.

The bridge connects Hillcrest to Waterfall. The KZN Department of Transport says the route will soon be accessible to motorists again.

The department’s team of engineers has been working day and night since Thursday to close the roughly eight-metre-deep sinkhole, with occasional disruptions from the rain.

Nathi Sukani, spokesperson for the department, said the heavy rains caused the bridge’s supporting structure to collapse, but progress to repair the road is moving swiftly.

“Our engineers are yet to finalise the black-top surfacing of the road, the top layer, which has to be laid out before it can be open for public use,” he said.

Members of the public are urged to continue to exercise patience and use the detours going through Mills and West streets, until the main Inanda road is reopened, he said.

The Transport Department is currently undertaking a major seven-kilometre-long construction to widen Inanda Road into a dual carriageway.

The road upgrade comes in response to the major residential and commercial estates development in the area. It is aimed at accommodating the expected rise in traffic and at improving movement and traffic flow.

• sonam.bhagwandas@witness.co.za

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