Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba announced on Monday that the M2 highway would be closed between the Crown Interchange and Maritzburg Street due to the poor condition of bridges.
Mashaba said the M2 highway will be fully closed from 6am on Thursday 28 February until the end of October 2019 to allow the bridge rehabilitation to resume.
He said the closure was deemed necessary after investigations showed that the structural integrity of the concrete elements of the highway were severely compromised.
"This after I conducted a site visit to the bridge late last year, to inspect the concerning condition of the bridge. At the time, parts of the bridge had to be temporarily closed in order to have the bridge rehabilitated so as to ensure the safety of our residents," Mashaba said.
"Upon my own investigation, various defects were detected at the bridges, posing significant risk to our residents."