Scenic Franschhoek Pass reopens

After being shut down to traffic after massive rockfalls in June and July, the scenic Franschhoek Pass has reopened.

The pass, once called Olifantshoek (elephant’s corner), is located on the R45 between Villiersdorp and Franschhoek, in the Western Cape. Now that it is open once more, travellers can access the town, known for fine wines and Huguenot tradition, from the Theewaterskloof Dam side and enjoy sweeping views of the valley.

 

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Following the rockfall incidents in both June and July, consultants to the Western Cape Department of Transport advised that the pass remain closed. A geotechnical investigation commenced immediately thereafter to determine the extent and nature of the damage.

The final geotechnical report received on 25 July advised that loose material had to be removed from the affected area to prevent further rock falls. Additionally, the report suggested that the pass be monitored in future until a permanent solution is decided on.

 

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The Department of Transport and Public Works adopted a phased approach to make the pass safe for traffic. The pass was reopened for traffic on Friday 6 September and further repairs will continue while the pass is in use.

The 13km route is one of two routes leading into Franschhoek.

 

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