Gauteng News

Tolwane Bridge given a new leap of life

2017/06/12 Gopolang Leepile

‚ÄčThe Gauteng government has announced that it is investing more than R33 million towards the restoration of the Tolwane Bridge in Mabopane, north of Pretoria, which was damaged in 2014 due to heavy floods

The Gauteng government has announced that it is investing more than R33 million towards the restoration of the Tolwane Bridge in Mabopane, north of Pretoria, which was damaged in 2014 due to heavy floods.

Tolwane Bridge serves as an important link between communities as it crosses over the Tolwane River and has resulted in local commuters and operators taking a detour when travelling to neighbouring communities.

MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi said that the construction of the new bridge will include a new design with the capacity to handle floods and the road passing through the bridge will also be raise by approximately 2 metres.
“The project’s scope will include the re-construction of a new two lane, single carriageway, surfaced, rural road. 

“The re-constructed structure will entail upgrading of the storm-water drainage system. These new upgrades will take into account designs that accommodate 20 year flooding for minor structures and 50 year flood recurrence for major structures,” said MEC Vadi.

Furthermore, MEC Vadi said that additional upgrades on the bridge include the reinstatement of the Road D603 to negate the current impassibility of road, upgrading the road to single carriageway surfaced road within appropriate road reserve widths, integration of the road with the existing infrastructure and improvement of road user safety.