Joburg residents can look forward to an easing in traffic congestion early in the New Year following the Johannesburg Roads Agency’s (JRA) successful repairs and rehabilitation of nine (9) bridges, culverts and gabions across the City.
The bridges were severely damaged after the City experienced heavy rains and flooding during February and March 2014.
“The JRA has achieved significant progress in the rehabilitation of these bridges which includes the completion of bridge structures repaired or reconstructed, the inlet and outlet structures as well as the completion of road layer works,“ says JRA Managing Director, Mr. Skhumbuzo Macozoma, “Four bridges have already been completed and a further two will be opening for traffic in January 2015.”
“As the Agency responsible for the maintenance, repair and development of Johannesburg’s road network and storm water infrastructure, the rehabilitation of these damaged bridges was prioritised to ensure the City’s communities are linked and to enable the smooth movement of people and goods so critical to economic growth.”
Below is a highlight of the progress of the bridges:
FLOOD DAMAGED BRIDGES PROGRESS STATUS
Bridge Description and Location Current Progress Projected Completion Period
Felstead Road Culvert – North Riding Bridge complete & in use by road users & public Completed
Third Street over river in Chartwell Bridge complete & in use by road users & public Completed
Watercombe Street over bridge in Farmall AH Bridge complete & in use by road users & public Completed
Riverside Road over River – Ivory Park Bridge complete & in use by road users & public Completed
Cornelius Road over Klein Jukskei River in Weltevredenpark Bridge structure complete –quality assurance underway, road being used by public 2nd Week of Jan 2015
Niven Road over River Douglasdale Phase 2 well in progress nearing completion. Gabion, side walls and walkway under construction End of March 2015
Ballyclare Drive over Braamfonteinspruit Bryanston Concrete barriers (Parapets) receiving final alignment on the one side of the bridge End of February 2015
Main road over River- Major culvert Riverbend A.H Backfill and road works behind the North Abutment to start on 5 January 2015 1st Week of April 2015
Coleraine Drive Bridge, Sandton Structure completed and surfacing of the road delayed by persistent rain 2nd Week of Jan 2015
“The only outstanding work on the Coleraine Drive Bridge which was due to be opened on the 15th of December 2014 is the surfacing of the road, however due to the persistent rain, the base course of the road is not sufficiently dry to receive asphalt surfacing. The JRA will surface the road early in January when optimum moisture content is achieved.”
Mr. Macozoma emphasized that the JRA values quality work and the community needs to be patient as JRA ensures that the work done on the bridges is of high quality standard.
To ensure safe crossing of the rivers for vehicles and pedestrians these bridges had to be re-constructed. Repairs are done in compliance with legislation and in keeping with constitutional provisions for the residents/business owners in the area, namely:
the right to safe road usage and access to resident and business properties;
the right to healthy living conditions; and
Prevention of loss of life or injury.
The JRA will now be embarking on the rehabilitation or reconstruction of a number of bridges in Soweto which have experienced flood damage. The bridges that have been identified are Pitse Bridge in Emdeni, Mzilikazi Leselenyana Bridge, Zulu-Mahalefele Bridge, Nxumalo Bridge in Dube and Machaba Bridge in Mofolo Central, Mshiyeni Street Bridge in Dlamini and Dynamo Bridge in Power Park. The work on the bridges is due to start in 2015.
In addition the JRA is linking communities by building missing links. One such project that has already commenced is the building of the Naledi Bridge at a cost in excess of R50-million. The new Naledi Bridge will interlink and create a safe crossing over the railway line for pedestrians and vehicles in Naledi and Protea North in Region D.
The project which started on the 10th June 2014 will be completed in September 2015 and forms part of JRA new Infrastructure Development programme.