Motorists stuck as red brick road is closed for ‘remediation work’

2014-03-13 00:00

NOT again.

This was the general reaction of fed-up Maritzburg motorists stuck in gridlocked traffic when Msunduzi’s infamous red brick was partially closed yesterday.

Residents wanted to know what was happening and why this closure occurred so soon after the road was opened.

Civic-minded Beulah John went to find out what was going on when she saw a man with a green aerosol can spraying some of the bricks. Was there a change of heart and was the red brick road being turned to green, she wondered.

John asked the man what he was doing and he replied that he was marking cracked bricks for removal.

The Witness asked for an explanation of what was happening and how the bricks had cracked.

Msunduzi Municipality’s spokesperson Madeleine Plaatjies-Jackson said the contractor was doing “remediation work” that had to be sorted out for the builder to get his practical completion certificate. “This is done within three months after completion,” Plaaitjies-Jackson said.

She added that the contractor has been instructed to immediately open the road and to follow the municipality’s proper procedure for road closure.

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