Bridge construction:11 months to go to completion

2011-11-02 00:00

THE flyover bridge that will connect the Chota Motola Road with the N3 northbound is expected to be completed within the next 11 months.

Bradley Naidoo of Group Five Construction Company said barring any unforeseen delays, they expect that the bridge, which still has numerous phases to complete, should be completed in less than a year. It will stand an estimated 15 metres above the N3.

It is expected that the bridge will significantly reduce the gridlock traffic in Chota Motala Road heading to town, especially in the mornings.

The cars wanting to join the freeway northbound will now avoid joining the freeway at the robots, but will branch off from Chota Motala on its Northdale side therafter taking traffic across both carriageways before rejoining the freeway.

Speaking on the project, Naidoo said much of the work which is part of the project was almost complete.

“As part of improving the traffic flow there has been road widening all the way to the Northdale area,” he said.

“We are also in the process of rebuilding the second half of the bridge above the freeway, the first half [on the northbound side] of the freeway was demolished and rebuilt and now we are working on rebuilding the second half.

“Once that has been completed we will demolish and rebuild the lower bridge by the taxi rank.”

As far as safety is concerned, Naidoo said they had recorded one million injury-free working man- hours. He said even the drivers on the road had showed respect for the construction site as they slowed down when approaching it.

Construction will stop from early December to early January as part of the festive holiday break.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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