New pedestrian bridges and walkways on the N3 at the Westville viaduct and Tshelimnyama township, in KwaZulu-Natal, have been constructed to meet the needs of pedestrians walking along and crossing roads in the area.
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) started the R71.7-million project in February 2010 and completed it in May, following the completion of pedestrian safety studies and surveys.
Sanral’s research showed that formalised pedestrian facilities were needed to improve the safety of pedestrians and motorists travelling from the Tshelimnyama township to the Westmead industrial area.
Sanral eastern regional manager Logashri Sewnarain says the project entailed the construction of a pedestrian steel walkway attached to the Westville viaduct bridge deck on the northbound carriageway of the N3.
Concrete walkways link the bridge to the Pavilion shopping centre and the adjacent crossroads leading to Chesterville township.
Pedestrian footpaths, lined with palisade fencing, are now accessible through a staircase at the Rockdale Interchange.
A pedestrian bridge, with concrete walkways linking the community of Tshelimnyama to the Westmead industrial area, was also built.
“The project also entailed retaining structures to support pedestrian walkways running parallel to the N3. “Pedestrian walkways along the Mahogany and Stockville roads underpasses and staircases at these underpasses provide access to the pedestrian footpaths. “We also installed a median barrier, with an antidazzle screen to prevent pedestrians crossing the freeway,” Sewnarain says.
During the construction period, 102 workers were employed and 54 people were trained at a cost of R183 683, while several small, medium-sized and microenterprises were contracted for road marking, bush clearing, concrete-walkways construction, retaining-structure installation and steel fixing.