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The newly repaired R10m ‘Kliptown Bridge’ expected to revive the local economy

2017/08/14 Lerato Mailoane

​MEC warned freight trucks to abide by the load and height restrictions as well as set speed limits. ​

​The newly-opened bridge linking residents to the Nancefield industrial area has been welcome by residents and local businesses as it will have many economic spinoffs for the community along the N12 freeway near Eldorado Park.

The bridge, commonly known as the ‘Kliptown/Samfur Bridge’ to local residents,  serves as a critical link between Kliptown, Eldorado Park, Nancefield Industrial and the nearby Slovo Park informal settlement. It was wholly repaired at a cost of R10 million. 

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, said the refurbished East Road Bridge will go a long way in unlocking business opportunities in the area. 

The 60-year-old bridge was structurally damaged when a truck carrying a load exceeding the permissible height restrictions hit its top structure, rendering nearly half of the bridge completely unsafe. 

The severe damage led to the closure of the bridge as it posed serious risk to motorists and pedestrians. 

The closure negatively affected local businesses as traffic had to be diverted through other routes, which proved to be costly and time consuming. 

Addressing the launch of the refurbished bridge, Vadi said the recent spate of bridge collapses is an indication that many bridges in the province need to be refurbished and called on the public to report any bridges they suspect might be structurally unsafe.

MEC warned freight trucks to abide by the load and height restrictions as well as set speed limits. 

“The damage to this bridge is another example of how overloading of freight trucks and disregard for height restrictions continue to cause untold damage to our road infrastructure,” said Vadi. 

He called on all motorists, especially drivers and owners linked to the freight truck industry, to respect the rules of the road at all times as this not only damages road infrastructure but poses a serious risk to other road users.

He also appealed to the nearby community to take care of the road and refrain from vandalising it.​