REPAIRS to Earl Haig Road in Morningside, in ward 27 are currently underway. Work started on 8 June and is anticipated to be completed by 30 June. Earl Haig Road serves as a link between two main roads, namely Peter Mokaba Road and Valley View Road. Nearby schools are accessed through this road.
Major washaways on this road affected underground services making it inaccessible. Western Region Senior Technologist Nhlanhla Ndaba said: “The reinstatement of Earl Haig Road involves the earthworks for the collapsed section, layer works, stabilisation of the base course, and milling of the existing asphalt surface layer. After completion of the stabilised base, the road will be surfaced with asphalt as a final layer. The total surfaced length will be 250m and the width will be kept at an existing 5.5m. This will assist in free traffic flow.” The contractor that is undertaking this project is Raubex KZN under the supervision of the West Regional Office.
Minor challenges on the project have been encountered including the temporary water main pipeline that will affect progress as the water department has to relay the permanent pipeline before the final surface layer. Business forums and other affected stakeholders were addressed before the start of the project. Regarding progress of repairs, the earthwork on the collapsed section has been completed with the stabilisation of the base course. The milling process has been completed as well. The road has been opened for traffic with precautionary signs where there is still outstanding works for the water department to finalise.