GIS - 09 November, 2015: Following a site visit this morning at the landslide area of the Terre Rouge Verdun Link Road, more precisely at D4 left-hand side, the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, announced the reopening of the Terre Rouge Verdun Link Road to traffic.
The road between the roundabouts of Ripailles and Valton was shut down on 5 November 2015 due to heavy rainfall in the region. According to Mr Bodha, the road was reopened after taking note of the reports from the Road Development Authority, the Water Resource Unit, the consulting firm ARQ (Pty) South Africa, and the Mauritius Meteorological Services.
“The road between Ripailles and Valton roundabouts is being closely monitored and further tests will be carried out on the landslide zone,” affirmed Mr Bodha. Recalling the landslide that occurred in June 2015, that is the D4 left-hand side from Ripailles towards Valton along the Terre Rouge Verdun Link Road, the Minister stated that minor cracks, resulting from the heavy rainfall of last week, have been noted. Minister Bodha pointed out that the recent heavy precipitation event has allowed a better observation and understanding of the landslide occurrence in the area.
The Minister also affirmed that the carriageway opposite to the landslide zone will be opened to traffic in a month’s time with the completion of stabilisation works. “This will lead to a shift in road traffic to enable final design of, and in-depth works on the D4 left-hand side, that is the landslide area” added Mr Bodha.
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