Magennis Road, the major link road between Uitenhage central business district and KwaNobuhle, has been officially opened after a total re-construct to the value of nearly R21 million and a closure period of about six months.“This is a very important link road for business people and commuters alike. It now is beautiful with beautiful sidewalks,” said Executive Mayor Athol Trollip. “But it initially has been an embarrassment with long delays in the construction, which have cost the municipality double owing to bad appointments made and bad management.” It was in a very poor condition and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s objective with the road was for it to be upgraded to a standard bus and taxi route. This included formalised parking and pedestrian crossings at the school to prohibit vehicles from performing dangerous manoeuvres in an area known for its high density of school children.“I want to encourage people who are responsible for rolling out projects where people live in communities to try to have disruptions minimized. The best way to do that is to start a project on time and finish it on time. The longer it takes the more frustration it causes,” said Executive Mayor Trollip. He said the traffic circle in Magennis Road will be beautified with indigenous plants and that it will be the turn-around and first step in re-beautifying the “Garden Town” as Uitenhage was once known.“Uitenhage was one of the most beautiful towns in the Eastern Cape but it has unfortunately deteriorated. I really want to appeal to infrastructure and engineering as well as parks and public health that we must make a statement with this traffic circle. “It must be beautiful, it must be maintained, it must be kept clean, so that we can say this was the day that we started beautifying Uitenhage!” said Mayor Trollip.According to Mthubanzi Mniki, communications officer of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the work entailed the construction of two single lane carriageways with a total length of approximately 1.1km. From the circle to Algoa Road, the road have been widened to accommodate two lanes and parking bays on both sides. In addition to this, the road has four bus bays with associated stormwater catchpits. It includes 1 500m sidewalks. “Owing to the high loads Magennis Road will be subjected to, it was decided to change the road surface from an asphalt road surface to that of a concrete road surface. It holds up better under constant heavy loads and less time and money will be spent on the maintenance and preparing,” said Mniki. A total of 22 local labourers were employed during the construction of the road.