GEORGE NEWS – Pacaltsdorp and Thembalethu residents who usually walk to the Garden Route Mall will from September be doing their shopping with greater ease and security.
A 5.5km pathway is being built adjacent to the N2 as part of the South African National Roads Agency’s (SANRAL) project to make it safer for people to walk to their destinations without their lives being endangered by having to cross the highway on foot.
SANRAL’s project entails several phases of improvements along the N2 highway between George and Sedgefield. Motorists driving along the N2 will have noticed the pedestrian pathways being constructed adjacent to the highway at present.
The construction of the new pedestrian bridge between Thembalethu and the mall is making progress and is scheduled to be completed by August. Security on the pathways will be improved with CCTV cameras and lighting and there will be security fencing as well as railing to prevent accidents.
Jannie du Toit, site agent of Civils 2000, who heads up the project, was visibly relieved when two concrete beams collectively weighing 25 tons were lifted in tandem and lowered into place using two heavy-duty cranes on Tuesday 12 July. The beams form a supporting structure for the pedestrian bridge.
Du Toit said the rest of the concrete bridge will be built in situ. Altogether the 5.5km pathways and bridge are being constructed at a cost of R60-million (including the CCTV cameras and lighting).
Source: George Herald
Date: 6 September 2016