Nelson Mandela Ave to reopen soon

31 October 2019 | Local News

Windhoek residents have expressed frustration over the weeks-long closure of Nelson Mandela Avenue on the corner of Metje Street in Klein Windhoek.

The closure has caused traffic congestion as cars and large trucks use small side streets to bypass the gaping hole that seems to have been growing larger by the week.

The City of Windhoek says the crisis will soon be over.

City spokesperson Lydia Amutenya last week said municipal staff have been working hard to repair a large-diameter water pipeline under the street.

The concrete pipe burst around 15:00 on 5 October, causing the street to cave in. The affected area was cordoned off around 16:30 the same day.

“It was a challenge to expose the burst pipe due to a high volume of services in the vicinity, like water pipes and Telecom's electricity lines. As a result, immediate repairs on the burst pipe took longer than expected,” Amutenya said.

She said the pipeline repairs had been completed on Monday, 7 October, but road repairs must wait until the area is completely dry.

CATHERINE SASMAN

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