The City’s Urban Mobility Directorate will be carrying out maintenance on the Lower Church Street Bridge over the N1 in Woodstock for a period of six months.
The work includes the repairing or replacing of damaged deteriorated balustrades and installation of pre-cast concrete handrails; repairing of concrete and structural defects on beams and columns and the cleaning and application of protective coating to exposed concrete elements. The repairs to the Lower Church Street bridge include the top of the bridge, as well as the soffits of the deck over the N1 freeway.
Mayoral committee member for urban mobility Rob Quintas said the repairs of the existing bridge were needed to improve the safety and operational standards of the bridge.
“This includes damage to the existing structure resulting from impact or traffic accidents at various locations. By doing this work, we are further mitigating degradation of the structure due to concrete spalling and theft. The structure will be safer and more aesthetically pleasing for all road users and local businesses. Six months is a long time and I kindly request road users to please be patient while we are busy with this critical maintenance,” he said.
There will be traffic accommodation options in place along FW de Klerk Boulevard (N1) and road users are encouraged to adhere to all traffic control measures. These will include the reduction in traffic speed limits to 60km/h when work is under way; temporary lane closure and a stop-and-go system, or a temporary road closure at Lower Church Street if required
Repair work started on Thursday June 22 and will run until Wednesday January 31, from Monday to Friday, from 9am till 3pm, and weekends from 8am till 3pm if needed.