Plans afoot for bridge over river

The City of Cape Town plan to build a footbridge across Vygieskraal River between Statice Heights and Bridgetown.PHOTO: Earl Haupt
The City of Cape Town plan to build a footbridge across Vygieskraal River between Statice Heights and Bridgetown.PHOTO: Earl Haupt

Plans are afoot to construct a temporary bridge over the Vygieskraal River between Statice Heights and Bridgetown.

The bridge, commissioned during Councillor Suzette Little’s tenure in ward 49, was necessitated after residents complained about having to cross the river, with some falling into the river and even injuring themselves on the pebbles.

“The bridge at Statice Heights was a request that was made by Little some time ago and she submitted a motion to the subcouncil looking at two issues. That was the securing of the river banks along the Vygieskraal River as well as the securing of a bridge which connects Bridgetown and Statice Heights,” says current ward 49 councillor Rashid Adams.

“Currently people are walking across the river, treading across the pebbles. The City has agreed to build the bridge and the community has been quite vocal in wanting this bridge, because it was promised to them.”

He says that the construction of the bridge will only come into effect in the 2018/2019 financial year.

However, Adams also points out that the area has been earmarked for a temporary foot bridge until full construction can begin. He explained that the temporary bridge should not take longer than a month to construct, and because of the simplicity of the project, it won’t disrupt any services to the area during that time.

“We are just waiting for the (construction) date from our [urban development] department to advise us on when they are going to construct this temporary bridge,” he says.

“It (the temporary bridge) will be something solid with handles so people will be able to cross comfortably without the fear of being washed away or falling into the river and I think a lot of that has happened already. All of them would love to see something more permanent going up!”

“It should not take longer than a month to construct, because what they want to do is fairly simple and I am sure that it will be less than a month it will be done. We are just waiting on advice on the start date of the ­construction.”

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