The Western Cape’s Department of Transport and Public Works has officially unveiled the new R130 million Ashton Arch Bridge on Sunday, August 15. located in the small town of Ashton in the Western Cape, this is the country’s first concrete tied arch bridge constructed using a transverse launching method.
— MEC Daylin Mitchell (@mec_mitchell) August 14, 2021
According to Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Daylin Mitchell, the project had a massive contribution to the economy, to an industry under pressure and to the creation of work for residents.
” The construction of this world-class infrastructure project that created over 500 work opportunities for local citizens commenced five years ago,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell added that his department will continue to upgrade, rehabilitate & maintain provincial roads as well as national roads located in the Western Cape and provide EPWP work opportunities, develop emerging contractors and contribute to economic empowerment in local communities.
The superstructure weighs 8,000 tons and is 113 metres in length, it also replaces an existing multi-arch bridge that was built in the 1930s, EWN reported.
— MEC Daylin Mitchell (@mec_mitchell) August 15, 2021
Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde who was also at the launch indicated that the Ashton Arch will not only improve traffic and pedestrian safety but improve the economy to grow and create the jobs the province needs to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
” We need to invest in world-class infrastructure that improves access to markets. I commend all stakeholders involved and I thank you for making this impressive bridge possible,” Winde added.
Picture: Twitter/ MEC Daylin Mitchell