Brace yourself, one of Durban’s busiest roads is closed until Friday due to the removal of damaged sewer pipes in preparation for repairs.
THIS IS ONE OF DURBAN’S BUSIEST ROADS
eThekwini Municipality spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela said the public is advised of the temporary road closure of Umhlangane Road at Riverhorse Valley, scheduled for Thursday, 19 May, from 06:30 to Friday, 20 May, until 15:00.
“This closure will allow for the removal of damaged sewer pipes in preparation for repairs.”
HERE IS ALTERNATIVE ROUTES:
- -Those approaching from Queen Nandi Drive can use Effingham Road, turn left into Avoca Road and rejoin Umhlangane Road.
- Those approaching from Chris Hani Road can turn left at Avoca Road, turn right into Effingham Road and rejoin Umhlangane Road.
Mayisela said the City apologises for any inconvenience caused.
Meanwhile, the City said it continues to monitor water quality in rivers and beaches through sampling and field surveys.
MORE BAD NEWS: ALL BEACHES REMAIN CLOSE
“This follows damage to wastewater treatment plants and sanitation infrastructure caused by the recent floods. The damage subsequently resulted in sewerage pollution.
“The City has repaired minor sewer infrastructure faults with teams are also fast-tracking repairs to major sewer infrastructure through the Disaster Procurement Forum,” Mayisela said.
He furthermore said in the interests of public health, all beaches across the Municipality remain closed until further notice.
“Communities are advised to avoid swimming, fishing, recreational and sporting activities as well as traditional activities with water in rivers and streams.”
COMMUNITIES ARE ADVISED TO AVOID SWIMMING AND FISHING
River systems that are flagged as pollution hot spots due to pollution from sewer overflows or damaged and washed away sewer lines include:
- Umkomaas rivers.
However, the public is warned that other river systems leading to or of these systems are also regarded as unsafe.