VAAL TRIANGLE - The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport informed motorists driving along Delmas Road, R50, that both sections of the road have been closed to traffic due to a sinkhole. Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport spokesperson Melitah Madiba said in a statement this is a precautionary measure due to the road surface that continues to deteriorate. This comes after the Department discovered the formation of a sinkhole depression along the R50/Delmas Road during routine maintenance. The steep gradient was temporarily filled for easy passage, with cracks being monitored and recorded daily. The road is closed from the intersection at Elandsfontein Road as well as at the intersection of R50 and R25 (access will be given to residents only). Motorists in and around the area are advised to make use of a detour route D781 which is a gravel route linking R50 road to the R25 route. The closure is expected to be in effect for the foreseeable future as engineers and officials conduct studies to arrive at a sustainable solution.
Meanwhile, the department has also warned that the four-meter Snake Road sinkhole in Benoni is developing further. It said the road is closed between Golden Drive and Pioneer Road and road users are urged to use Tom Jones off-ramp towards Heidelberg, Gauteng. Motorists travelling from the south are urged to use Pioneer and turn right to Bunyan Street back to the N12. The department urged residents to be extra cautious when driving in the area.
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