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Toll fees to cover Chapman's Peak costs

Oct 01 2012 17:05 Sapa

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Cape Town -  It will cost about R2m to stabilise a slope above the site of Chapman's Peak toll plaza in Cape Town, a Western Cape government official said on Monday.

Transport spokesperson Al-Ameen Kafaar said speculation that it would cost millions to fix were "extremely exaggerated".

The Cape Times reported on Monday that a section of the Cape Town quarry in which the control building was being built had collapsed.

Geologist John Compton told the newspaper the section of mountain in question was made up of weathered granite and was unstable.

"The road cuttings along Chapman's Peak reveal a very thick, rotten granite that is normally covered by vegetation. It's thick, yellow, and crumbly.

"It's a classic problem when building a road; you artificially produce a steeper slope, which is not as stable as it was before."

He said while engineers would probably come up with a design to make the section more stable, this was likely to add to the cost.

He estimated the project's cost could rise from about R53m to R80m.

Kafaar said toll road concessionaire Entilini would have to pay for the repairs.

"The province’s contribution to the control centre construction is a fixed sum, which is to be recovered from toll fees over the life of the concession."

Chapman's Peak drive remains open to the public.

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