Detour in Buffelsfontein Road

2015-06-10 06:02

A SECTION of Buffelsfontein Road will be closed off and motorists rerouted from this week with the start of the second phase of the the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Walmer/Gqebera Stormwater Detention Pond project.

The first phase of the project, aimed at addressing the problem of flooding or “ponding” after heavy rain, entailed the construction of stormwater channels at the airport and across Alister Miller Drive and Victoria Park Drive.

The second phase of the project commenced on Monday this week. It will see a stormwater channel constructed across Buffelsfontein Road between 11th and 12th Avenues, thereby rerouting stormwater both into the sea via the Forest Hill bridge channel, as well as into the Baakens River.

This phase of the project will last between four and six weeks. During this time, a section of the Buffelsfontein Road will be closed off and a temporary detour road has been made.

Motorists using this stretch of the road are urged to practise caution during the project period as it is a construction site, with heavy duty vehicles and material being used.

According to Roland Williams, Director: Communications Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the value of this phase of the project is approximately R9 million.

“Through this project, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has created 30 jobs. Fifty percent of the value of the work has been outsourced to SMEs,” Williams stated


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