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Chapman's Peak reopened to traffic

2011-07-29 17:34

Cape Town - Provincial transport and public works MEC Robin Carlisle said on Friday that the city's scenic Chapman's Peak Drive had been reopened to traffic following a rock fall recently.

"We have implemented a temporary safety precaution measure by erecting a 20m long New Jersey Barrier along the section of the road where the rock fell yesterday morning (on Thursday)," he said in a statement.

Several two-ton concrete blocks had been placed on the kerb on the sea side of the road below the half tunnel.

"Our intention with this temporary measure is to open the road as soon as possible."

The New Jersey Barrier was there to prevent rocks from ricocheting from the drop zone onto the road, which was what happened on Thursday.

An abseiling team was now descending the slopes of Chapman’s Peak in search of the rock's point of origin.

The extremely wet slopes prevented the team from working on Thursday.

"The team will hand over the information they gather, which will include photographs, to our geotechnical engineers who will do a full assessment to determine if there are any potential risks."

Thursday’s incident constituted a level four rock fall, seen as a high-risk fall that required an immediate road closure followed by a detailed assessment to determine the point of origin of the rock, Carlisle said.