Dangerous west bridge repairs underway

Repairs to the bridge started this week. Photo: Supplied

Residents are advised to avoid the Phillip Nel Park bridge in Rebecca Street in the west of Pretoria.

Motorists and residents should use alternative routes instead.

This is because the bridge will be closed for repairs, which are expected to take anything between two to three weeks.

“The bridge is finally being repaired after years of neglect and no maintenance,” said PR ward councillor Leanne de Jager.

Repairs started earlier this week.

“In recent years, the infrastructure started to crumble, which was made worse by the theft of metal and other materials of the bridge.”

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She said this affected the integrity of the bridge for pedestrians and vehicles.

“Schools in the area began to complain because learners use the bridge daily,” she said.

De Jager said the bridge will be reconstructed over the next few weeks leading to a safer crossing.

Local resident and crime activist Eric Cordier said he was thrilled about the repairs.

He said the bridge would not only be safer for pedestrians and motorists, but crime would also decrease in the area.

“Often the streetlights in Rebecca Street weren’t working because of cable theft,” he said.

Cordier said the bridge was unsafe for both motorists and pedestrians.

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“I often saw learners stand and wait to be able to cross the road,” he said.

“And the area is also unsafe. There have been many muggings at the bridge in the past, especially with the bushes on the side of the bridge.”

The same problem also exists at the footbridge in Vom Hagen Street.

On behalf of residents in the area, he thanked everyone involved in the repairs.

“Hopefully, there will now be less crime in the area,” he said.

Repairs to the bridge started this week. Photo: Supplied

Leanne de Jager at the bridge. Photo: Supplied

Repairs to the bridge started this week. Photo: Supplied

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