Chapman's Peak Drive still closed

2011-07-29 12:16
Cheswin Yon of Hout Bay breaks up a rock which fell on Chapman's Peak Drive in Cape Town, resulting in the famous road being closed. (Nasief Manie, Die Burger)

Cheswin Yon of Hout Bay breaks up a rock which fell on Chapman's Peak Drive in Cape Town, resulting in the famous road being closed. (Nasief Manie, Die Burger)

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Cape Town - Chapman's Peak Drive in Cape Town remained closed on Friday morning after a rock fell on to the road, the provincial department of transport and public works said.

"Yesterday the slopes were too wet to send up an abseiling team. So what we are doing today is bringing a crane truck to line up concrete blocks, called New Jersey barriers, next to the road to block the path of any falling rocks," Western Cape transport MEC Robin Carlisle said.

The barriers would be placed next to the road for about 20 metres in case more rocks fell down the mountain, he said.

There was a 30% chance of rain on Friday for the Cape Town area and the department hoped to get the work done before the afternoon.

The abseiling team got ready to go up the slope to assess the origin of the rock just before 08:00.

"We are confident the road will be opened later today, but the safety of motorists comes first," Carlisle said.

On Thursday he said the rock fall constituted a Level 4 fall.

This was seen as a high-risk rock fall that required immediate road closure, followed by a "detailed assessment to determine the origin point of the rock".

Carlisle said there had been multiple rock falls last week, but the road was not closed as they had all landed in a "drop zone".

- SAPA
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