Low water bridge in Kabega Road upgraded

2016-05-25 06:00
Gustav Rautenbach, at the bridge in Kabega Road, where renovations are in progress. Photo:  WERNER HILLS

Gustav Rautenbach, at the bridge in Kabega Road, where renovations are in progress. Photo: WERNER HILLS

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RENOVATIONS on the low water bridge in Kabega Road, which posed a danger to many residents in the past, are well underway.

Upgrades on the bridge commenced at the beginning of May and the estimated duration for completion of the project is 3 months.

Ward 8 councillor, Gustav Rautenbach, said the lower portion of the bridge was broken and literally hung on wires.

“Heavy trucks and cars drive on this bridge on a daily basis and it’s extremely dangerous,” he said.

“After battling for three years, we finally managed to get the necessary funds to get this bridge upgraded and I am quite delighted that the bridge will now be secure and sturdy.”

Appointed contractor for the project is Kayelihle Trading while the work is supervised by the Roads and Stormwater department of the municipality.

The project, which cost approximately R1.2 million, will see the stream of water underneath the bridge being cleared; gabions used for erosion control; a reno mattress for the river bank and scour protection, the extension of the existing outlet and a stormwater junction box. There will also be hand rails and resurfacing of the road.

According to Rautenbach, traffic will be affected and may be diverted when surfacing starts in July. “A proper traffic accommodation plan will be approved and enough time will be given to alert the road users,” he said.
– CHANICE KOOPMAN

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