Warrenton Bridge Construction and Environmental Monitoring

In 2009, Enviroworks undertook a Basic Assessment (BA) process on behalf of the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) to assess the environmental impacts of the proposed construction of a new bridge across the Vaal River and the associated re-alignment of National Route N18 Section 1 (N18-1) at Warrenton in the Northern Cape Province. The BA process were undertaken in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (NEMA) (Act No. 107 of 1998) and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations of 2006. On the 23rd June 2010, the Department of Environmental Affairs issued the Environmental Authorisation to SANRAL (the Applicant), which gave the Applicant consent to commence with construction in accordance with provisions of this authorisation.

Enviroworks was subsequently also appointed as the Environmental Control Officer (ECO) for the 28.5 month duration of project, which started in July 2011 until November 2013 to ensure compliance with the EMP and to monitor all environmental concerns and associated environmental impacts during the construction phase.  During the course of this phase, the project ECO’s conducted monthly inspections, attended monthly site meetings, provided mitigation measures in response to environmental incidents and engaged specialists regarding matters that triggered the need for guidance.  The University of North West was also consulted to provide recommendations regarding hydroseeding.

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