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Johannesburg - The Gauteng roads department will need about four to six months to repair a sinkhole on the N14 Ben Schoeman highway, it said on Thursday.
“Considering the extent of the work, technical complexity of the project and traffic and safety considerations... a period of between four and six months will be required for completion,” said spokeswoman Octavia Mamabolo.
A leak in a water pipe crossing the N14 Ben Schoeman freeway, in Centurion, caused a sinkhole between the north and south-bound carriageways.
Two of the south-bound lanes and one of the north-bound lanes had to be closed for safety reasons.
Mamabolo said two lanes would be added to the outer shoulders of the slow lanes to alleviate traffic congestion.
“The construction of the temporary additional lanes to bypass the sinkhole on the southbound carriageway will be completed before the end of July,” she said.
She said the construction of an additional lane on the north-bound carriageway would take longer, as it would include the widening of the Jean Avenue off-ramp.
“The department would like to thank motorists for their patience in the last two weeks and requests motorists to be patient and adhere to the speed limit in the designated area,” said Mamabolo. - Sapa