Joburg set for new landmark bridge

2014-05-26 12:49

Bridge connecting Alexandra & Sandton underway

2014-05-26 12:14

An iconic bridge, set to link pedestrians who work in Sandton and live in Alexandra, is underway, and according to JDA CEO Thanduxolo Mendrew, this bridge will be as iconic as the Mandela Bridge. Take a look at this artist's impression video of what it will look like.WATCH

Cape Town - We love it when design collaborates in order to make a difference - by breaking boundaries and fixing what history has broken.

It is a necessary reminder of what initiatives, such as the World Design Capital, are trying to do by using design and architecture to bring transformation to cities.

An innovative new walkway, connecting Alexandra and Sandton, is aiming to do exactly that by providing a safe passage for commuters - by reducing travel times and traffic accidents.

Why this bridge is needed?

The project was initiated after the City of Johannesburg conducted a traffic and transport study in the area, which indicated that at least 10 000 pedestrians travelled between Alexandra and Sandton on a daily basis.  These pedestrians travel approximately 5.2km, along Rautenbach Avenue and Roosevelt Street to Grayston Drive.

Bridging the divide

The walkway forms part of a construction programme called “The corridors of Freedom”, and involves the City of Johannesburg’s effort to undo apartheid spatial planning, used to separate people on the basis of race.

The construction programme was introduced in 2013 and highlighted as areas where there can be walking, cycling and public transport which is safe, reliable and affordable.

To see an artist’s impression video of the bridge, click here

Johannesburg Development Agency
(JDA) CEO Thanduxolo Mendrew says that this bridge satisfies the basic need that talks to citizens’ rights to a spatially integrated city.

The dedicated walk and cycle way will start from No 3 Square in Alexandra to Sandton near the Grayston Avenue Bridge along Katherine Street.

Mendrew believes that this bridge is destined to be as iconic an addition to the City's skyline as the Nelson Mandela Bridge.

To find out more about the bridge and construction dates, expected to be complete in 2015, visit the Johannesburg Development Agency's website:

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