THE major interchange linking Durban and suburbs Westville and Pinetown is set for a multi-million rand upgrade in an effort to ease congestion in the area. The development, a partnership between the eThekwini municipality and private developers, includes the expansion of the M13/Westwood. It is in its design and planning phase. A report tabled at Tuesday’s municipal executive committee (Exco) meeting indicated the plan to expand the historically most congested road in the Westwood area. Exco approved the use of R40 million by the eThekwini Transport Authority, while the private developer Spencer Gore Construction (Cape) Pty Ltd will spend around R15 million on the second phase. The plan is to complete construction within six months. Over the years, motorists using the M13 that passes Westwood Mall have been complaining about the congestion during rush hour. This had been made worse by the development of Westwood Estate, which consists of the mall and 320 residential units. City manager Sbu Sithole said the developers of Westwood Estate have approached the economic development and investment promotion unit to facilitate the second phase of the development. Sithole said the final development of the interchange will come with R900 million worth of investments scheduled to take place over the next five years. According to the socio-economic study conducted by the developer through consultant Dr Jeff McCarthy, the development could generate a significant number of jobs in the construction and operational phase, said Sithole. “A positive impact on the rates and taxes income generated by both the local and national spheres of government is expected from the project,” he added.