An intersection along Jean Avenue in Centurion was reopened to traffic on Friday morning after part of the sinkhole repairs were completed.
Opened the road Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga said: “We are happy to announce that phase one of the sinkhole repairs on the intersection in Jean Avenue and Gerhard Street in Centurion has been successfully completed,” Msimanga said.
This after the metro announced in January it had allocated R25-million to commence repair work on the sinkhole.
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Msimanga said that the partial reopening would improve the flow of traffic on Gerhard Street as vehicles from the north and south would be able to turn into Jean Avenue in an easterly direction.
“Vehicles will not be able to turn into Jean Avenue in a Western direction from Gerhard Street because that portion of the road will be closed in order to repair the second subsidence, currently underway,” he added.
The sinkhole reportedly caused massive disruptions to businesses and traffic flow in Centurion.
“At least R27.5 million has been allocated for the repairs of five of the highest ranked sinkholes for the 2017/2018 financial year. In the current financial year R25 million will be made available for the rehabilitation of other sinkholes,” Msimanga said.
A new sinkhole prioritisation process has been established to address the high number.
Some of the factors included in the process are:
- Safety of residents
- Exposure to risk
- Extent of damage
- Stability of the sinkhole
- Age of feature
- Scope of repair works
- Availability of funds and
- Capacity to repair
Msimanga further said residents should report developing sinkholes for the metro to respond timeously.
“It is important to note that sinkholes can occur naturally over time, but are aggravated in built-up areas due to leakage and ingress of stormwater, water or wastewater into the subsurface, and also through the lowering of the groundwater table through dewatering,” he added.
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