Road closed until end-November

A section of Strandfontein Road damaged by a flood earlier this month will be reopened when a bypass road is deemed structurally safe. Construction is currently underway. file PHOTO: Samantha lee
A section of Strandfontein Road damaged by a flood earlier this month will be reopened when a bypass road is deemed structurally safe. Construction is currently underway. file PHOTO: Samantha lee

Strandfontein Road will remain closed to traffic between Govan Mbeki and Ottery roads until the end of the month as repairs to the damaged road gets underway.

Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, is working to repair the section of Strandfontein Road that was damaged during the unexpected flood on Sunday 1 November (“Rain destroys road”, People’s Post, 3 November).

A City contractor was working on the downstream side of the culvert, preparing the section for the widening of Strandfontein Road, when the extreme weather conditions occurred. The downstream section collapsed, forcing the City to close this section of Strandfontein Road.

Since then, the collapsed culverts on the downstream side have been recovered and used on the upstream side to create a wide enough section for a bypass road.

A concrete slab will be cast on top of the culverts to ensure stability and safety before the bypass road will be constructed on top of this structure.

In addition, sheet piles will be used in the river, cutting off the flow of water under the existing structure. The voids under the bases of the existing structure will be filled with concrete.

Traffic will be allowed on this section once the bypass has been completed and the road is safe again for road users.

“I want to thank our residents for their patience and cooperation thus far while we are undertaking the repairs. We cannot allow any traffic on this section of Strandfontein Road until all of the repairs have been concluded and we are sure that the road is safe. Safe to say we are working as fast as is practically possible as we know this is a very busy and important access route,” says Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport.

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