Chappies Rehab is Going Well

Chappies Rehab is Going Well
Thursday, 16 July 2015 13:45

The Western Cape Government recently posted an article commending Entilini Operations on the good work being done with repairing infrastructure after the wildfires in March 2015. Road signs and electrical infrastructure have been repaired or replaced. CCTV security system has been replaced so those cameras are watching you!  See the full article published here:

Chapmans Peak Drive operating concessionaire is really proud of our efforts. We closed on the 31 May 2015 after a major mudslide on the Noordhoek side but are pleased to report that after 57 truckloads of material had been removed, we managed to reopen on the 17th June.. an amazing record considering that Chapman’s Peak Drive was closed for 5 years after the fire of 2000 and the subsequent mudslides and rock falls.

It’s hard to comprehend the volume of mud! Each truck was 10 m3 in size so that’s 570 cubic metres of debris that was cleared.  One cubic metre of soil weighs between 1,200 and 1,700 kilograms. If we average the weight at 1,450 that is 826,500 kilograms of soil and debris!!! All this in 17 days. Impressive if we say so ourselves!

When a major event such as a mudslide takes place the extra resources dispatched to clear the drive and get it operational requires a major injection of resources. On a daily basis, running and maintenance requirements to check, sweep, clean, load, during this period included the following:

Labour: 26 personnel

 

  • 6 x maintenance workers
  • 4 x abseilers
  • 10 x casuals
  • 3 x toll collectors
  • 1x  abseil supervisor
  • 1 x maintenance supervisor
  • 1 x civil foreman.

Plant:

 

  • 4 x 10m3 trucks
  • 1 x front end loader
  • 1 x high pressure cleaner
  • 2 x maintenance vehicles

Every day we have a maintenance team clearing stones, mud and debris from the road.  At present there is an aerial team is on the slopes of Chappies every day, to clear the catchment fences. There is so little vegetation coverage on the mountain that debris, mud, rocks and more are getting caught in the fences.

Ongoing repairs are still in progress and close monitoring of the road and weather conditions is taking place. Too much rain or extremely high winds are the most likely conditions to close Chappies at present but please follow Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch with the road status.

Chapman’s Peak Drive warns that there are likely to be more toll road closures this winter. We ask for road users to be aware and tolerant of potential road closures. These road closures are not for your inconvenience… only your safety.   Please bear with us and be patient this winter. We don’t want a four-year road closure as happened after the last major fire on Chapman’s Peak Drive in 2000.

By the way: Look at this impressive statistic – with no major natural disasters and normal conditions in 2014. Chapman’s Peak Drive was open 359 days of the year!   That’s right #Chappies was only closed for 6 days in 2014!!!!!

A huge shout out to the staff and management who have been working really hard to get Chappies open quickly and working hard to keep it open safely.

Please note:  New Toll Tariffs applicable from 1 July 2015

Chapman’s Peak Drive Toll Plaza Office Hours:

The Toll Plaza is open Monday – Friday from 08h00 – 17h00 for registration as a Frequent User.
Address: Toll Plaza, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Plaza Tel: 021 791 8220

  • Read More about Chapman’s Peak Drive Frequent Users here.
  • See Tariffs and discounts for all classes here
  • As in life….Terms and Conditions apply!

 

 

CHAPMANS PEAK IS CLOSED
OPEN, GOOD CONDITIONS, 0217918220
Visibility
16.13 km
Wind Direction
SE
Temperature
13.99ºC
Windspeed
4.16 km/h
Updated 5/27/2019 07:52:50
Maintenance in Progress, information may not be accurate!

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  • Chapman’s Peak Drive toll road winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast on the south-western tip of South Africa. Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.

    Chapman’s Peak Drive is affectionately known as #Chappies.