POSSIBLE BELGRAVE BRIDGE UPGRADE: FINAL CALL FOR COMMUNITY COMMENTS

The Draft Basic Assessment Report (DBAR) regarding the proposed rehabilitation and upgrade of the Belgrave Street bridge in Bryanston/Riverclub refers. Arising from discussions held last week with the Environmental Consultants coordinating the project, and Johannesburg Ward 103 Councillor Vincent Earp, the BRCF will make a submission on behalf of the local community. The DBAR, available at the dropbox link details four alternatives for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the bridge, with Alternative 4 being the preferred and recommended solution.  The period for community comment has been extended to Monday 20th July, and the BRCF will make its submission on that date.

We thus invite comments and suggestions on the below first draft of our submission by no later than 16:00 on Saturday 18th July. Send any inputs to info@brcf.co.za by 10am Friday 17 July.

RE: THE PROPOSED REHABILITATION AND UPGRADE OF BELGRAVE STREET BRIDGE IN BRYANSTON, AND INVITATION TO COMMENT ON DRAFT BASIC ASSESSMENT REPORT

The BRCF is a community initiative run by volunteers to look after the interests of the residents of Bryanston North and the Riverclub area and surrounds. As previously confirmed, we regard the rehabilitation of the Belgrave bridge as important, particularly from a vehicle and pedestrian safety perspective. With regards to the your tabled Draft Basic Assessment Report (DBAR), we have reviewed the report, and engaged further with yourselves and the engineers appointed by the Johannesburg Roads Agency, and with the Johannesburg City Councillor for our area – Mr Vincent Earp – and residents.  Our focus is on representing the best interests of the residents taking five key aspects into account, namely safety, the impact on traffic flows through the suburb, environmental issues, aesthetics, and any security issues that may arise from a new or amended structure.

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