Goodbye, sinkholes

2016-05-03 06:00
 A R2m project saw a full facelift of Gladiator Street in Rocklands after several sink holes – deep enough to fit a man – formed along the street. This and several other issues were fixed during the course of two financial years. inset: (pic already in article) Ward Councillor Elton Jansen in one of the sink holes last year. (supplied) PHOTO: samantha lee

A R2m project saw a full facelift of Gladiator Street in Rocklands after several sink holes – deep enough to fit a man – formed along the street. This and several other issues were fixed during the course of two financial years. inset: (pic already in article) Ward Councillor Elton Jansen in one of the sink holes last year. (supplied) PHOTO: samantha lee

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The four-phase facelift of a Rocklands Street has been completed.

Now freshly painted parking bays and stop streets line the newly tarred road.

The R2m project aimed at improving road conditions in a short Rocklands Street was completed ahead of schedule last week.

Upgrades to Gladiator Street, near Weltevreden Road, commenced in the 2014/15 financial year.

The call for upgrades was initiated by local ward councillor Elton Jansen who submitted a motion before Subcouncil 19 reporting on the dire state of the street.

Mayco member for transport for Cape Town, Brett Herron, further explains the local roads and stormwater office of the City’s transport authority initiated the project after several sinkholes formed on top of the culvert running along the street.

“In addition, the vertical alignment of the road was also incorrect due to sagging,” says Herron.

“As a result a V channel formed in the middle of the road where water collected, forming little pools, instead of running off into the stormwater system on the side of the road.”

The street is a little less than 300m long and has about 20 houses along its route.

Some of the sinkholes were deep enough to fit a man to his shoulders.

The pools of water in turn impacted on the safety of road users and shortened the road’s longevity, Herron explains.

The total cost of this project inclusive of all four phases was R2 663 303.

“The repairing and the sealing of the culvert above Gladiator Street were done in three phases,” says Herron.

“Phase 1 commenced in the 2014/2015 financial year and phases two and three entailed the finalisation of the project. All of these phases to repair the culvert above Gladiator Street were completed in February this year.”

The fourth and final phase kicked off shortly after.

This will saw the full facelift and complete refurbishment of the stretch of road, including:

. The road alignment to address the V channel, the realignment of the existing curb and channels, together with the manhole covers,

. The repair and strengthening of the road with a bitumen layer, and

. The sealing of the road surface with an asphalt layer.

The project was completed within the designated time frame, Herron says.

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