R10m to make Sir Lowry's pass safe

Sanral says it will cost around R10m to make Sir Lowry's Pass safe for motorists.

File Picture: An accident on Sir Lowry's Pass caused by rocks falling on the road. Picture: ER24

CAPE TOWN - The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) on Thursday said it would cost about R10 million to make Sir Lowry's Pass safe for motorists.

SANRAL has been looking for a contractor to secure the cliffs of the pass with mesh and catch fencing, following heavy rock falls in July.

The company wants construction to begin in November.

Sanral's Kobus van der Walt said, "Our estimate is around R10 million for a seven month contract to make the area safe."

The roads agency wants most of the loose boulders on the cliffs secured before the festive season.

Western Cape Traffic Department has welcomed the move saying the pass is an important route into Cape Town.