GIS - 06 November, 2015: At a site visit along the Terre Rouge Verdun Link Road, the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Housing and Lands, and acting Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Showkutally Soodhun, stated that the road between the roundabouts of Ripailles and Valton will remain closed to traffic pending improvement of the weather.
According to Mr Soodhun, a decision on whether to re-open the Terre Rouge Verdun Link Road by early next week will be taken on Sunday 8 December 2015 after assessing weather and road conditions. The Vice-Prime Minister affirmed that the heavy rain poses risks of landslides, as was the case on 23 June 2015 when a landslide occurred.
The road between Ripailles and Valton roundabouts has been closed to traffic since yesterday due to heavy rainfall in the region. It is recalled that the landslide in June 2015 occurred on the left-hand side from Ripailles towards Valton along the Terre Rouge Verdun Link Road, also known as D4.
The Vice Prime Minister also took note of the on-going stabilisation works on right-hand side D4. He was apprised by the contractor that the landslide treatment works to stabilise the area would be completed by mid-December 2015. After asphalting the carriageway, that part of the road will be opened to traffic.
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