The Johannesburg mayor visited the site of the M1 double-decker bridge with Transport MMC Nonhlanhla Makhubo on Wednesday and said he was impressed with the progress on the construction.
The construction of the bridge, which will cost the city over R100 million, was scheduled to be completed in December, but Mashaba believes that the project should be completed by August.
“I’m happy to announce to our residents that the double-decker bridge will be completed by the end of August this year, which is really good news because we’re three months ahead of schedule.”
The rehabilitation of the bridge saw the closure of main roads to and from the city, causing heavy delays in certain routes.
The refurbishment of the bridge cames after a report by the City of Joburg which revealed that only six percent of its bridges are in good condition.
According to the city’s spokesperson, Luyanda Mfeka, 94 percent were in a questionable state, 16 percent in a fair state, 62 percent in poor condition and 16 percent in very poor condition.
According to Mfeka and Mashaba, one of the reasons the bridges were in poor condition was because of the heavy rains.
“Growth and development of the city have resulted in increased traffic, as well as increased flooding levels, resulting in bridges taking the strain of growth, “explained Mfeka.
Mfeka said that the JRA had put aside R1.2 billion from its budget, including R250 million for road rehabilitation.
Mfeka added: “We are continually monitoring the state of all our assets, and when it is necessary for us to take the decision, such as the closure of the M2, we will do so in order to protect our infrastructure and our residents.”
Here are the roads affected by the bridge rehabilitation:
Main Reef Road on-ramp onto the M2 eastbound.
M1 approaching from the south, ramp onto the M2 eastbound.
M1 approaching from the north, ramp onto the M2 eastbound.
Simmonds Street on-ramp onto the M2 eastbound.
Eloff Street on-ramp onto the M2 eastbound.
Heidelberg on-ramp onto the M2 eastbound from the north.
Heidelberg on-ramp onto the M2 westbound from the north and south.
Wemmer-Pan Road on-ramp onto the M2 westbound.
Eloff Street on-ramp onto the M2 westbound.
Booysens Road on-ramp onto the M2 westbound.