Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Goodbye Allendale Bridge

I can’t imagine that too many of my ex-colleagues at PostNet Southern Africa are mourning the passing of the Allendale Bridge. Having at one point worked in Midrand, sitting in traffic on the Allendale off-ramp is by far my worst memory of the place. The daily flow into the area is nothing short of mindboggling; I assure you that Umgeni Road at rush hour from the N2, is a bicycle lane by comparison.

The above picture sequence represents the demolition of what was probably its worst bottleneck, and as long as it ultimately results in less traffic congestion, the only tears shed will be by those annoying sales folk, who make a living harassing motorists.

Among the must have items available for purchase were:

Inferior quality black refuse bags
Tennis balls
White coat hangers
Pirated DVDs
Nock-off rugby jerseys
Rugby flags
Inflatable hammers
Inflatable superman dolls
Big Blue/Pink Plastic containers
As well as (I kid you not) 100 per box condoms

Working on the principle that you do indeed get what you pay for, who in their right mind bought from these vendors, particularly the last item, …….. an optimist who enjoys risk perhaps. :)

Au Revoir Allendale Bridge, you wont be missed, not by me anyway.

Ernest Roper


Clive Hill said...

This article deserves a journalistic award!


Gary Amstutz said...

Fantastic photos! Very encouraging to see that where there is a will, there is a way - the bridge was demolished in record time to keep traffic disruption to a minimum.

Charl Du Toit said...

Lets give credit where credits due. As far as I know it was built in 1901. You have to take our hat of the the folks who built it. Could anybody have envisioned what it would have to cope with so long after its construction ?

I stand under correction for the date.