Closed bridge affects response times – residents association

A closed First Avenue Bridge have Edenvale Ridge residents up in arms. Seen here on the bridge is the Edenvale Ridge Residents Association Michael Anderson and Edenvale Ridge resident Colette Hinton. Surrounding the pair are road closure signs.
Concerns over a lack of security and the response time of emergency services have Edenvale Ridge residents up in arms.

First Avenue bridge, the most direct route to the suburb, was damaged by the November floods and closed by the municipality.

Michael Anderson, the treasurer of the Edenvale Ridge Residents Association (ERRA), believes the closure of First Avenue bridge is putting the ridge community at risk.

Since the closure of the bridge, Anderson said there have been fewer patrols by security companies and SAPS in the suburb and the response time of emergency vehicle has been affected.

Anderson said he understands fixing the entire spruit will take time however he appealed to the municipality to repair the bridge.

“Because residents in Edenvale Ridge were not physically affected by the flood they decided not to complain about the damaged bridge before,” said Anderson.

However, after seeing very little done to address the bridge almost 10 months later the community decided to act.



To report crime or suspicious activity phone 0860 010 111 or 10111.

Sector two’s contact number is 071 675 6842. To report fires and medical emergencies contact 011 999 2093/4 (ambulance and fire) 011 458 0911 (Edenvale Fire Department).

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