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Vygekraal pedestrian bridge brings communities together<span><p>'This is a significant milestone for Bridgetown, Kewtown and surrounding communities that have waited a long time for this footbridge. It will assist those seeking to cross the river to access colleges, primary and secondary schools and places of worship. I would further like to thank residents for their immense patience as we navigated various statutory processes, including Environmental Impact Assessments, Water Use Licence applications and procurement processes. The bridge is now here!' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas.</p><p>'Beyond connecting the immediate communities on either side of the river, this bridge also provides a critical access non-motorised transport route for residents of Langa, who now have a safe walking and cycling route to and from the Athlone CBD.'<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>The Vygekraal pedestrian bridge is 2,9 meters in width, extends from the top of the bank across the river and has four supporting concrete columns or piers – two of which are located along the banks of the river while the other two are within the riverbed. </p><p>The bridge is constructed with the City's newly innovated precast concrete balustrade system, which provides good protection and safety while being more vandal-resistant, requires less maintenance, with durable galvanised steel reinforcements.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>'Bringing this bridge into existence was really a joint effort by residents, the local subcouncil, ward councillors, and officials through years of lengthy processes. The importance of this bridge cannot be overstated, especially for our most vulnerable road users. For example, children can now cross the river safely on their way to and from school. The bridge is also wheelchair, pram and cyclist-friendly. We ask that residents protect this bridge from any forms of vandalism,' concluded Councillor Quintas.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure><strong>End</strong></span><p><br></p>2024-05-09T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#f04f694f-f199-403a-a194-912b4762f7b0;L0|#0f04f694f-f199-403a-a194-912b4762f7b0|Bridgetown;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#da8da6a2-c832-449f-996a-6b064301231f;L0|#0da8da6a2-c832-449f-996a-6b064301231f|cross connects;GP0|#762de267-90ad-4660-8493-5085a227187c;L0|#0762de267-90ad-4660-8493-5085a227187c|Transport;GPP|#849c71d3-ed9d-4ce2-89f6-03e9c6f179ef;GPP|#ed82ebba-eb32-4b9a-99c9-da3e081869a610

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