NEWSFLASH: Sinkhole leads to road closures in Centurion

Motorists have to make use of alternative routes to avoid the intersection in Jean Avenue. Photo: Jason Milford

Motorists in Centurion had to find alternative routes to work on Thursday, after a large sinkhole was discovered at the four-way crossing of Jean and Gerhard avenues.

Contractors working at the crossing, discovered the sinkhole on Wednesday afternoon.

Ward councillor Peter Sutton said contractors immediately alerted the Tshwane metro.

Sutton said the road had not caved in yet, but they were taking measures to prevent people from using the road.

“It [the sinkhole] is absolutely huge and poses a danger to motorists,” said Sutton.

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“We had to close the whole intersection to prevent loss of life should the sinkhole cave in.”

Sutton said an engineering team was on site on Thursday morning to investigate and assess the situation.

“We will assess a plan of action and inform the public on the outcome of the assessment.”

Sutton said Gerhard and Jean avenues carried more than 40 000 motorists on a daily basis and traffic patterns were hugely affected by the situation.

He said Lenchen Avenue and Cantonments, Von Willigh and Rabie streets could be used as detour routes.

“Hendrik Verwoerd Drive towards the Gautrain station has also been closed.”

Tshwane Metro Police Officers were deployed to regulate traffic. Photo: Jason Milford

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