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Road Infrastructure Maintenance key and catalyst to economic growth

Published: July 28, 2021

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The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is hard at work to improve local road infrastructure to support our growing economy. One of the noticeable areas of growth is the William Moffett Expressway area.

The recent R1.2 million refurbishment of the William Moffett Expressway bridge is confirmation of this commitment.

On Tuesday, 27 July 2021, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's Executive Mayor Nqaba Bhanga officially unveiled the refurbished bridge.

The scope of work for this project focused on traffic flow improvement as well as the accommodation and replacement of missing side-railings with a polyfibre material in an attempt to circumvent vandalism and the theft of metal materials.
 
The NMBM took a decision to refurbish the bridge to prevent further vandalism or potential loss of life. This bridge is one of the major routes used by pedestrians who travel from different parts of the Metro to work along the William Moffett Expressway and surrounding areas. Due to the high volume of both pedestrian and vehicle traffic on the William Moffett Expressway, the NMBM Roads and Stormwater Directorate added health and environmental awareness posters on the bridge to encourage residents to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Rails have been painted specific colours that are visible to road users and create significant awareness of the following:

i. Green - Environmental Awareness
ii. Blue - Water Conservation Awareness
iii. Red – HIV/Aids awareness
 iv. Orange - World Hunger Awareness
v. Pink - Cancer Awareness
vi. Yellow - Arrive Alive
vii. Grey – COVID-19 

Speaking at the bridge following the unveiling, Executive Mayor Nqaba Bhanga said that the improvement of road infrastructure was one of the key focus areas of the coalition government. 

"If we say we want to attract investment and create jobs, the maintenance of our road infrastructure is critical. This is but one of many projects that we are undertaking across the Metro. We are also fixing potholes across the Metro and improving our stormwater drainage system. This is a Metro at work," said Executive Mayor Bhanga. 

The Executive Mayor also expresed his satisfaction at the integrated manner in which municipal departments were going about delivering services to local communities.

"In as much as this is a road infrastructure project, there is also a health awareness aspect that has been included. Here we are also sending valuable messages reminding the people of the Metro of the vital importance of healthy lifestyles and taking care of the environment," added Executive Mayor Bhanga. 

The Directorate is also hard at work at road resurfacing, the improvement of pedestrian pathways and repainting road-markings across the Metro as part of an aggressive road infrastructure development plan.

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