The City’s Water and Sanitation Directorate has recently completed the complex task of repairing a collapsed 30-meter long bulk sewer main pipeline located on Prince George Drive, Retreat. The repair process, which began in March, was challenging but successful, and it is now time to focus on reinstating the road for public use.
Road Reinstatement Plans
The City has already made significant progress in restoring the area surrounding the repaired sewer pipeline. Backfilling and compaction of all layer works have ensured stability and durability. Additionally, the reinstallation of the stormwater and sewer infrastructure that was affected during the repair process has been successfully completed, along with the reinstatement of the kerbs.
Reinstatement of the Road
The next crucial step in this project is the reinstatement of the road itself. However, the timeline for this phase of work largely depends on weather conditions. Construction cannot proceed during rain or when the ground is wet, which means that the City’s construction teams must prioritize the safety of staff members while working diligently to complete the job as quickly as possible.
The repair project was not without setbacks and challenges. Incidents such as pump vandalism, material theft, and intentional damage to lay flat hoses have caused delays and difficulties. However, the City has persevered, overcoming these obstacles and continuing the repair process.
Gratitude to Residents and Commuters
The City would like to express its gratitude to the residents and commuters who have shown patience and support during this lengthy repair project. Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Councillor Zahid Badroodien, remains optimistic about reopening the affected section of the road by the end of May, provided the weather permits.
The City will continue to work diligently to ensure the prompt completion of the road reinstatement, ultimately restoring normalcy and efficiency for the residents and commuters who rely on this crucial thoroughfare.