100 days of metro repair projects to begin

LONGER LIFE: Councillor Rano Kayser announces the new projects at the 137-year-old steel bridge  Picture: VUSUMZI PETER
LONGER LIFE: Councillor Rano Kayser announces the new projects at the 137-year-old steel bridge

The oldest steel bridge in Port Elizabeth, which links Swartkops to Bluewater Bay, will be closed for about three months to undergo refurbishment.

As part of the project, the municipality will hold a competition for artists to showcase their work for possible incorporation in the bridge.

Yesterday, metro roads and transport portfolio head Rano Kayser outlined a 100-day programme at the bridge, which was built in 1879.

He said R4.5-million would be used to extend the bridge’s life for another 20 years.

“This refurbishment has been initiated to prevent the steel bridge from rusting further and possible collapse.

“We want to make the bridge more attractive to tourists, which is why there will be a competition for artists to create a work which will be used in the bridge,” Kayser said.

He also touched on some of the roads and stormwater projects that the municipality will also be tackling over the next 100 days.

There will be tarring, resurfacing and resealing of roads around the city.

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One thought on “100 days of metro repair projects to begin

  • September 9, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    All well and true and we support the project and maintaining of the Swartkops bridge but have you considered the impact it has on the Swartkops Businesses
    As a business owner in this village we have already noticed a 25% drop since the bridge has been closed and I have spoken to other businesess who have seen a 35% drop
    This also cuts into our December trade so there goes our season
    Why is it that the local businesses are not consulted before such a major revamp takes place is beyond me .
    We have just started recovering from John Talent being closed for 18 months and we will never recover fully and that project was a failure because the council or contractors did not do their homework and plan.
    I would also stress that I am the first person to embrace upgrades and work with the council if only we were communicated with.
    PE’s Govan Mbeki and Kempston road are perfect examples of council upgrades and how its failed and the impact it had on businesses in that area.
    No compensation or assistance was given to any of those business resulting in some of them closing their doors
    Not happy business owner!!!!!!!!!


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