It will be months before motorists will be able to use the N2 between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. The highway was extensively damaged by heavy rains two weeks ago.
Department of Roads and Public Works spokesperson, Sisanda George, says it might take up to eight months for the road to be repaired.
Meanwhile construction of a bypass near a gaping hole across the N2 has started. George says construction on several other roads is underway. "With regards to the R72 it is still closed between Kenton-on-Sea and Port Alfred. Our officials are on site with construction trying to normalise the road. At the Sand River bridge, officials and technicians have started with the construction of a walkway and a temporary bridge for cars as well."
Construction of a bypass near a gaping hole across the N2 has started
In the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, several roads such as the Third Avenue dip, Boundary Lane and the Seaview Road are still closed. Metro spokesperson Marthie Nel says as a temporary measure, a third lane is being constructed on a section of the William Moffat Express Way to relieve traffic flow due to the closure of the Third Avenue dip.
Numerous potholes in roads will also have to be fixed. The Provincial Roads together with Local Government departments have visited the affected areas stretching from Port Alfred to Port Elizabeth last week. A report is expected next week.