THE completion of Stanford Road and its pedestrian bridge has been delayed following safety challenges as a result of subsurface conditions.The original date of completion was the end of September; however, contractors said they’re now looking at an estimated completion date of mid-December. According to SANRAL’s general manager, Vusi Mona, unforeseen complications resulted in a need to extend the completion dates. The contractors proposed a completion date for December. However, it will be evaluated monthly going forward.“The delay is caused by safety challenges and theft, as well as trying to contend with carrying out work in a high traffic environment,” Mona said. The project was launched to construct the dedicated bus lanes for the IPTS buses, in an effort to relieve traffic congestion on Stanford Road.The road is the main thoroughfare for the city’s northern areas, with no other alternative routes. With heavily congested traffic during peak hours, drivers whose daily commutes take them over the Stanford Road bridge, will soon have access to a two-way road with dedicated bus lanes.The tender was originally made available in 2017 and was awarded to LEEK Construction.Mona added, “The Stanford Road bridge is accommodating two dedicated IPTS bus lanes and therefore required the reinstatement of the exiting traffic lanes. This is being achieved by widening Standford Road bridge on the West side (Cotswold side), moving the pedestrians onto a pedestrian bridge adjacent to the Standford Road bridge. The columns and abutments needed to support the pedestrian bridge is being constructed on the N2 freeway.”Earlier this month, only one carriage-way was open on the N2 freeway underneath Stanford Road bridge. The closure was as a result of road markings. “This should take place outside peak hours. It will be closed after 19:00 and open before 06:00 on the N2 towards East London. There will be further closures for the placing of bridge elements in November and will be communicated prior to closures happening,” Mona explained.