THE suburb of Lorraine is sporting newly-built sidewalks, which were recently completed.
The sidewalks will improve the safety of residents and will enhance the look of the suburb, ward 8 councillor, Gustav Rautenbach, said. The project was allocated R500 000, as part of the ward allocation budget for the 2018/19 financial year.
According to Rautenbach, about 15 streets have been identified for sidewalks. However, more are still in the pipeline, subject to the budget.
“The sidewalks in Kabega Road were done in two phases. A private company donated R60 000 for the community for the first installation of sidewalks. I am very pleased with the sidewalks as they will provide safety for the residents,” Rautenbach said.
The new sidewalks are located from Diana Road to the entrance of Walker Drive Shopping Centre, where Midas is currently situated, and next to Lorraine Primary School. The funds left from the first project were used for the sidewalks for the school.
The private company also donated metres of tar for the footpath around the school. As part of the project, employment was generated for local residents.
“Employment in the metro is of serious concern and I’m pleased that the project employed local residents, including two women, in an effort to empower women this month,” Rautenbach said.
According to him, more streets would be identified for sidewalks. He said they look at certain criteria when deciding where the sidewalks would be constructed, including access to a school, heavy pedestrian use, access to parks, high traffic areas and other public facilities.
He added, “We look at the state of the street, the number of people walking in a specific area and how busy a certain road is.”
The additional sidewalks are said to accommodate a large volume of people walking from residential neighbourhoods to the shopping centre along busy roads.