R60 Crater Repair Progress | Western Cape Government



R60 Crater Repair Progress

17 January 2013

The crater on the R60 between Ashton and Swellendam created after a slip failure in November 2012 will be fully repaired by the end of March 2013.

The bulk excavation of the crater has been completed and 38 100 cubic metres of material was removed. The rock fill at the toe of the crater is 60% complete.

The maintenance teams will now start with the drainage layer and thereafter the bulk of the crater will be filled and re-compacted. It is estimated the rate of the backfilling will be progressing at a rate of 1 000 cubic metres a day.

Motorists are requested to continue following the temporary road signs redirecting traffic via the N2 and the R317. The signs were erected at major intersections in the following areas:

  • Ashton
  • Robertson
  • Bonnievale
  • Swellendam

Initially it was estimated the road would be opened for traffic by the end of February 2013. However, the scope of the repair is greater than what was originally estimated.

Media Enquiries: 

Al-Ameen Kafaar
Head of Communication: Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 9653
Cell: 083 626 1361
E-mail: Al-Ameen.Kafaar@westerncape.gov.za