Joburg explosion: City to redesign Lilian Ngoyi Street, repairs to cost about R178m

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The City of Johannesburg says it is not just interested in restoring Lilian Ngoyi Street, formally known as Bree Street, but it is driving a rehabilitation programme that will enhance the road and surrounding areas.

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Early morning scenes a day after an explosion killed 1 and injured 41 people on Lilian Ngoyi Street in Johannesburg.The City of Johannesburg is set to appoint a service provider that will redesign Lilian Ngoyi Street, which was damaged in a methane explosion last month.

According to city manager Floyd Brink, the estimated cost to fix the road would be about R178 million. The gas was trapped in the tunnel under a 400m-stretch of the road because the City had welded the manholes to prevent cable theft. Brink said the City would explore these tunnels to ensure a similar incident did not happen elsewhere.With the skills required, the process of appointing a service provider to assist is nearing conclusion. We are treating this exercise with urgency as we need to ensure we understand the level of risk present in these underground cavities and what short-term and more sustainable measures need to be put in place.

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