Repair on M1 bridge commences

Acting manager of the Johannesburg Roads Agency inspects the M1 bridge running over Oxford Road shortly before rehabilitation of the bridge commenced.
Acting manager of the Johannesburg Roads Agency inspects the M1 bridge running over Oxford Road shortly before rehabilitation of the bridge commenced.

Work on this R82-million project began on the double-decker sections of the M1 overpass bridges between Carr and Anderson streets. Work includes rehabilitation and structural repairs, asphalt surfacing, expansion joints, drainage systems and new road signs.

“We anticipate that the impact of flash flooding on the double-decker section will be significantly reduced on completion, as the rehabilitation includes drainage improvement and doubling up of existing drainage infrastructure, ensuring the bridge is able to effectively deal with large volumes of storm water runoff,” advised acting managing director of the agency, Mpho Kau.

The rehabilitation is part of the City’s R365-million programme to rehabilitate ageing infrastructure and improve road safety on the M1 highway. Other projects currently underway include the rehabilitation of both Federation and Oxford bridges, as well as the reconstruction of the 2km dual carriageway between Rockridge and Federation roads in Parktown. In addition, the entire 3km existing storm water drainage system will be replaced between Rockridge Bridge and Federation Road Bridge on the highway, as well as on Oxford and Federation roads below the highway.

The double-decker section of the M1.

The double-decker section of the M1.

This is part of the R100-billion investment in infrastructure over the next decade as announced by the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Mpho Parks Tau, and envisaged in the 2040 Growth and Development Strategy.

“The safety of road users is a priority for the JRA, and maintaining our road infrastructure is an important component of this. High-quality roads contribute significantly to economic growth and to making citizens’ lives easier,” said Tau.

The extensive repair work to the M1 will take 18 months to complete. This will mean that Johannesburg motorists will have to allow more time for travel along this route. Motorists are encouraged to explore alternate routes and make use of available public transport services where possible.

Details: www.jra.org.za

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