The level of the Baakens River has now subsided sufficiently to allow engineers to assess any infrastructural damage caused to the road at the Third Avenue dip. Only after a full assessment by its engineers will the Municipality be able to plan and undertake repairs. It should be emphasised that it is not envisaged that the Third Avenue Dip will be opened to motorists soon. The Municipality appreciates the vital importance of the Third Avenue dip for the smooth flow of traffic in the area and will do its utmost to have the road reinstated as soon as possible. An appeal is also made to residents and motorists to stay away from the Third Avenue dip, as curious onlookers are interfering with municipal operations by, for example, dislodging the bollards.
In an attempt to improve the resultant traffic congestion along the William Moffet Expressway, the Municipality has decided to convert the double lanes on either side of the road into three lanes. The Municipality has commenced with blackening out the existing lines, which process could be completed by Friday afternoon. The new lines will then be painted on the road surface. It is hoped that this measure will signifcantly improve the plight of motorists during peak traffic hours.
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