‘Early Christmas gift’ as R55 road reopens
HONKS and ululations yesterday greeted the reopening of the R55 near Laudium, which had been closed for repairs to a 30m sinkhole.
MEC for Roads and Transport Dr Ismail Vadi cut the ribbon to mark the reopening of the road.
He said the provincial government wanted to give the people of Laudium an early Christmas present by reopening the affected section to traffic.
He told his City counterpart, MMC Sheila Lynn Senkubuge, ward councillor Mohammed Essop, anti-crime and social cohesion activist Yusuf Abramjee and the community that the government did not have a budget for the unexpected sinkhole. Nonetheless, it found R12 million to fix the road.
The sinkhole was one of many that popped up in various parts of the city when it was awash with heavy rains in March. In some areas, buildings were affected and cars swept away by flash floods in low lying areas.
“Today we have the pleasure of reopening the R55, which is Quagga Road, near Laudium. In March a massive sinkhole formed because of heavy rain. It was about 30m wide and probably 6m deep, and one or two houses were damaged. People are happy that in the past few months the geotechnical team has been able to rehabilitate it.”
Concerns about traffic congestion and obstruction on the busy provincial government road prompted an urgent visit from Premier David Makhura and Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga to assure the community that the government would repair the road.
Unfortunately, Vadi said, sinkholes were very unpredictable and experts had to wait and conduct studies to ensure that by the time they started filling it to ground level, it would not plunge again. He hoped there would not be another sinkhole on the R55.
Senkubuge and Essop thanked all contractors, subcontractors and the community for working together to ensure the road reopened before Christmas.
MEC for Roads and Transport Dr Ismail Vadi reopens the R55, which had been closed because of a massive sinkhole. |