Urban Renewal: red paving for city roads

2013-04-12 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg Urban Renewal Project was officially launched yesterday, with the engineers, designers and construction companies meeting the Msunduzi executive committee to explain what is going to be done in the next eight months.

The main precinct — Albert Luthuli, Church and Langalibalele streets — will be paved with red paving stones to match the red brick of the surrounding buildings.

There will be landscaping with trees and flowers, street furniture and special public art features.

The renewal project is part of the city’s 175th birthday plans.

The engineer who will be overseeing the project, Gaillard Roussouw, said the municipality had appointed the Independent Development Trust to lead the project, which in turn had appointed him, the design team and the construction company.

Roussouw said he had managed urban renewal projects in inner city Johannesburg, Hillbrow and Polokwane.

The design team, Iyer Urban Design Studio, and the construction company, Cristatus, had also been involved in urban renewal projects, he added.

Construction would begin on Monday. There would be road closures at certain times to facilitate the work, but the public would be given advance notice, Roussouw said.

The first phase of the renewal project will cover the entrance from the N3 to Blackburrow Road, Alan Paton, Chief Albert Luthuli, Church and Langalibalele streets and part of Boshoff Street.

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