Infrastructure upgrade in Lorraine underway

2016-04-20 06:00
New, bigger stormwater pipes will be installed at the Macon Road reserve in Lorraine. Here ward 8 councillor, Gustav Rautenbach (left), walks with community liaison officer, Dries van der Westhuizen to check on the progress of the project. Photo: WERNER HILLS

New, bigger stormwater pipes will be installed at the Macon Road reserve in Lorraine. Here ward 8 councillor, Gustav Rautenbach (left), walks with community liaison officer, Dries van der Westhuizen to check on the progress of the project. Photo: WERNER HILLS

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AN estimated R12 million stormwater project that is said to better infrastructure in Lorraine, is currently in process at the Macon Road reserve.

“This is something that I have been fighting sixteen years for,” Ward 8 councillor, Gustav Rautenbach, said.

“When I was appointed as councillor in 2000, I immediately identified poor infrastructure as a problem in this area. The current stormwater pipes are more than forty years old and cannot handle the pressure anymore. This, together with the area’s high water table, causes stormwater south of the railway line at Carrington Road to flow over to the northern side every time it rains. I therefore made it my duty to address this major problem,” he added.

According to the councillor, the project comprises the installation of approximately 1175 metres of bulk stormwater pipelines, complete with the construction of associated stormwater structures such as manholes, head walls, culverts and erosion protection systems.

“The installation of the new, bigger pipes will take about 4 to 6 months to complete and will result in major benefits for Lorraine. Not only is there a possibility of more job opportunities than the six that the project has already created for locals, but as soon as the new pipes are in use, the water flow to the northern side of Lorraine will be a thing of the past,” said Councillor Rautenbach.

The community also seems to be responding quite positively to this project. “The few people that I have spoken to so far are very happy that the project is finally underway, because it is a definite need in the community,” said community liaison officer, Dries van der Westhuizen.

“I am ecstatic that I have eventually succeeded in getting this project off the ground,” the councillor said. “This is a sign that I don’t give up and I shall continue to fight for the improvement of infrastructure.”

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