South Africa: Western Cape Transport and Public Works On R60 Crater Repair Progress

press release

The crater on the R60 between Ashton and Swellendam created after a slip failure in November 2012 will be fully repaired by the end of March 2013. The bulk excavation of the crater has been completed and 38 100 cubic metres of material was removed. The rock fill at the toe of the crater is 60% complete.

The maintenance teams will now start with the drainage layer and thereafter the bulk of the crater will be filled and re-compacted. It is estimated the rate of the back filling will be progressing at a rate of 1 000 cubic metres a day.

Motorists are requested to continue following the temporary road signs redirecting traffic via the N2 and the R317. The signs were erected at major intersections in the following areas:

Ashton

Robertson

Bonnievale

Swellendam

Initially it was estimated the road would be opened for traffic by the end of February 2013. However, the scope of the repair is greater than what was originally estimated.

Media enquiries:

Al-Ameen Kafaar, Head of Communication

Cell: 083 626 1361

Tel: 021 483 9653

E-mail: Al-Ameen.Kafaar@westerncape.gov.za

Issued by: Western Cape Transport and Public Works

17 Jan 2013

Issued by: Western Cape Transport and Public Works

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