N14 sinkhole repairs to take up to six months
THE Gauteng roads department says it will need about four to six months to repair a sinkhole on the N14 Ben Schoeman highway
"Considering the extent of the work, technical complexity of the project, traffic and safety considerations ... a period of between four and six months will be required for completion," said department spokeswoman Octavia Mamabolo.
A water pipe leak crossing the N14 Ben Schoeman freeway, in Centurion, caused a sinkhole between the north and south-bound carriageways.
As a result, 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 on the outer shoulders of the slow lanes to stop 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 entails widening the Jean Avenue off-ramp.
"The department ... requests motorists to be patient and adhere to the speed limit in the designated area," she added.