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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