Restitution Avenue to be finally completed

2018-02-28 06:01
Ward 6 Councillor, Morné Steyn, in Restitution Avenue, which will be completed soon. Photo:LULAMA ZENZILE

Ward 6 Councillor, Morné Steyn, in Restitution Avenue, which will be completed soon. Photo:LULAMA ZENZILE

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AFTER many years of being the road to nowhere, Restitution Avenue in Fairview will finally be completed and link to the Third Avenue dip in Newton Park.

The road, which abruptly ends just underneath the William Moffett Expressway, will allow for traffic to link to and from the Glen Hurd Drive, also known as the Third Avenue dip, which should bring relief to the traffic congestion in the dip and on the William Moffett Expressway.

A section of Restitution Avenue was built in 2011 by the Port Elizabeth Land Restitution and Housing Association (PELRHA) at a cost of R18 million and was supposed to be extended by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality but to date could not be completed due to budget constraints.

The PE Express reported in 2011 that conditions imposed by the municipality on PELRHA as part of the Port Elizabeth Land Restitution Initiative - which is restoring land in Fairview to the victims of forced removals under apartheid - was the construction of a road that would alleviate the influx of traffic expected from Fairview once claimants have built their homes.

PELRHA completed its agreed section from Mimosa Road to under the William Moffett Expressway in 2012.

According to Ward 6 Councillor Morné Steyn, work to complete the road will start within the next two to three weeks.

“During phase one of the project, the road will be built and linked at the top of Glen Hurd Drive in the direction of William Moffett Expressway and the roads will merge via an intersection, possibly a traffic circle.”

Steyn added that road users need not be concerned about the dip being closed during construction.

“The construction process of the extension of Restitution Road will have no effect on the traffic flow on Glen Hurd Drive and the road would not be closed at any time as a result of the building process.”

The second phase will involve building a bridge parallel to the dip. The second phase, however, will only be considered in the next financial year,” Steyn said.

The cost of phase one will be R13 million and would take an estimated six months.

Clive Felix, director of PELRHA, said, “I know R13 million was budgeted some years ago, but the money was diverted for other uses.

“We don’t believe that R13 million will be enough unless they have a rethink about the current design,” he said.

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