The much-anticipated GO!Durban, the eThekwini Municipality’s integrated rapid public transport network, which is currently in its first phase of construction with the first dedicated route being developed from Bridge City in KwaMashu to Pinetown CBD, is making good progress.
All eyes have been on the transformation of the St John’s Bridge in Pinetown, from a public road underpass to a dedicated bus lane underpass, but at the same time ensuring the widening of Josiah Gumede Avenue on either side to allow for increased vehicle flow, that will result.
This site has been a hive of construction activities since May last year, and the ETA’s Head of Road System Management, Carlos Esteves is pleased to provide some technical information on this progress:
“The underpass (Josiah Gumede Ave/Old Main Rd) was narrowed to allow one lane in each direction which will be dedicated for the GO!Durban busses. Ninety percent of the work has been successfully completed on this. The bridge deck was widened by approximately 15m on each side to accommodate the extra lanes that will be constructed – (75% completed). Furthermore service ducts to accommodate existing and future services have been installed (90% complete) and precast barriers are being installed on the newly constructed retaining walls (40% complete).”
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