5 July Road works central to service delivery July 5, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 AFTER inheriting 28 new villages from Amahlathi, Great-Kei and Ngqushwa municipalities, the Buffalo City Metro has committed to servicing its new communities, which have pleaded for delivery. At the top of the Metro’s priorities for the villages is for the thousands of villagers to have decent roads and infrastructure. Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said an additional 261km had been assessed from the 28 villages and 20 kilometres already been attended to in April and May. In the new financial year, the Metro is set to continue with the implementation of the roads master plan “to assist with planning for future roads programmes, projects and also with finalisation of the procurement process for the pavement management system”. The Metro prides itself with the R70.7 million Phase 2 of the Quenera-Beacon Bay link road, which is already under construction. Phase 3 of the Mdantsane roads, which is valued at R372-million, and the R128 million Fleet Street projects will also continue. “During March 2017, council approved a memorandum of agreement between the City and the Eastern Cape department of roads and public works in order to address provincial roads within BCM. “The department is exploring alternative resurfacing technology for gravel roads that will yield more stable gravel surface and longer lifespan,” said Pakati during his State of the Metro Address in June. The Metro is also working with South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to rehabilitate the N2 route between Buffalo River and Breidbach intersection and the N2 route between Alexander Road and Bhisho. “The N2 from Breidbach to the entrance into King William’s Town is currently being overlaid, with a new traffic circle having been constructed at the intersection of the N2 and Hargreaves Road. The section of Alexander Road from the outskirts of King William’s Town to the intersection of Grey Street is currently in progress,” said Pakati. “The section of the N2 route from Grey Street to Cathcart street on Buffalo Road is currently being rehabilitated. “It was the decision of Sanral to extend the rehabilitation of Buffalo Road, which is a provincial road as far as Everitt Close on the outskirts of King William’s Town.” As part of the infrastructure programme, BCM has created 22 000 temporary jobs as part of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) by the end of May, with a salary bill of over R8.5 million. Thousands of young people have been employed in major projects including: ● The upgrading of the Mdantsane gravel roads to surfaced standards cluster 2 where 827 jobs were created; ● 798 jobs were created from the upgrading of Mdantsane gravel roads surfaced standards cluster 3; ● The rehabilitation of Fleet Street created 962 jobs; ● 345 people benefited from the construction of concrete roads east of Gullsway; ● The electrification of Mdantsane Buffer strip saw 339 jobs created and; ● The King William’s Town public transport facilities upgrade has created 316 jobs. Related Road Closures During Ironman 70.3 TIME FOR ROAD CLOSURES: The N2 from Beacon Bay off ramp to Blaney intersection will be closed at 06h15 and re-opened when all the cyclists are off the N2 The N2 from Blaney intersection to the NEX off ramp will be closed at 06h30 and re-opened if all cyclist are off the N2 The 2 lanes on the North East Expressway direction Gonubie will be opened once all the cyclist are on the N2 START: CYCLE ROUTE · The race starts in the Orient Theatre parking. · The cyclists will come out at Orient Road, · Right into Currie Street, · Onto the Esplanade, · Left into Moore Street, · Right into John Baillie Road, · Left into Buffalo Park Drive, · Turn right onto the North East Expressway, · Left onto the N2 direction KWT, · Left onto Berlin off ramp, · Right at the Berlin off ramp direction Berlin Industrial Area, · Right onto the N2 on ramp direction East London, · Left at North East Expressway on ramp, · Return via the same route and finishing at the Orient Theatre car park. START: RUN ROUTE · From the transitional area the runners will run along the Esplanade, · Into Link Road, · Right into John Bailie Road, · Right into Turnberry Avenue, · along Gleneagles Road, · Right into Galway Road turning at the turning point in Galway Road and Return via the same route finishing at the Orient Pool. ROAD CLOSURES: N2 N2 direction King Williams Town at Beacon Bay off ramp on the N2 N2 at Blaney intersection direction East London on the N2 N2 on ramp at Bonza Bay Main Road direction East London N2 on ramp at North East Expressway direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Western Avenue interchange direction Gonubie N2 on ramp at Meadow Road direction King Williams Town Amalinda Main at N2 on ramp direction King Williams Town Amalinda Main at N2 on ramp direction Gonubie N2 on ramp at Nahoon Dam interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Nahoon Dam interchange direction East London N2 on ramp at Fort Jackson interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Fort Jackson interchange direction East London N2 on ramp at Berlin interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Berlin interchange direction East London ROAD CLOSURES: NORTH EAST EXPRESSWAY: Commercial Road direction Buffalo Park Drive at Fitzpatrick North East Expressway at Bowls Road / Buffalo Park Drive Buffalo Park Drive and North East Expressway St Peters Road at Nahoon View Road North East Expressway on ramp at Pearce Street interchange direction North North East Expressway on ramp at Pearce Street interchange direction South Old Transkei Main Road and NEX on ramp direction City N2 on ramp at North East Expressway direction Gonubie (Sasol Garage) North East Expressway at Wyse Ave ROAD CLOSURES: ESPLANADE: Orient Road closed at Hillview Road Currie Street closed at Brighton Street Rhodes Street at Brighton Street Esplanade closed at Rhodes Street Esplanade closed at Quanza Street Esplanade closed at Fitzpatrick Road Esplanade closed at Clifford Street Esplanade closed at Inverleith Terrace Esplanade closed at Long Fellow Street Moore Street closed at the Holiday Inn entrance John Bailie Road closed at Mc Jannet Drive John Bailie Road closed at Turnburry Road John Bailie Road closed at Ainsdale Road LANE CLOSURE: TURNBERRY AVENUE AND GALWAY ROAD The right hand lane up Turnberry Avenue, left into Gleneagles Road and turning right into Galway Road will be closed for traffic. The left hand lane in Galway Road will be divided into two lanes. The right hand lane up Turnberry Avenue, left into Gleneagles Road and turning right into Galway Road will be closed for traffic. The left hand lane in Galway Road will be divided into two lanes. ALTERNATIVE ROUTES AS PER N2 INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: FROM GONUBIE TO KWT From N2 left into Beacon Bay off ramp, left into Bonza Bay Main Road, right into Batting Road, left into Old Transkei Road, right into Pearce Street, into Lukin Road, right into Oxford Street, left onto Amalinda Main Road to Voortrekker Road, left onto Voortrekker Road into R102, right at Ndevana/Ilitha Street and continue with the N2. OR From N2 left into Beacon Bay off ramp, right into Bonza Bay Main Road, right into Wyse Ave, left into Old Transkei Road, right into Pearce Street, into Lukin Road, right into Oxford Street, left into Amalinda Main Road to Voortrekker Road, left into Voortrekker Road, into R102, right at Ndevana/Ilitha Street and continue with the N2. FROM KWT TO GONUBIE From N2 right into Ilitha/Ndevana Road, left onto the R102 into Voortrekker Road, right into Amalinda Main Road, right into Oxford Street, left into Lukin Road, into Pearce Street, left into Old Transkei Road, into Batting Road, left into Bonza Bay Road, right onto the M10 and continue with the N2. Buffalo City Metro wishes all an enjoyable and safe traveling. Service delivery projects monitored The projects that were visited include the construction of sidewalks in Dimbaza, re-gravelling of internal roads in Cwengcwe Village, Joubert Street Mini-Substation replacement in KWT and the replacement of School Street Mini-Substation. The site visits took place on Thursday 4 May. Speaking about the purpose of the site visit Portfolio Head for Infrastructure Services Ncedo Kumbaca said that, the visits are set to monitor the progress of the projects and to make sure that everything is going according to plan. “It is the municipality’s responsibility to ensure that money spent on upgrading our facilities and infrastructure in the metro is used appropriately.” The first visit was the sidewalk construction in Dimbaza. Currently, the excavation has been completed and the team is busy with levelling and concrete pouring. This project is set to be completed by the end of May. The village of Cwengwe which was previously under the Amathole Municipality was the second area to be visited. There is a project of re-gravelling of roads. “Cwengwe is one of the areas inherited from Amathole District Municipality. The area doesn’t have access to running water, sanitation and proper road networks. We need to lay the ground work in terms of infrastructure in order to bring much needed services to the people of this area,” he said. 35 locals from the Cwengwe Village were employed for this project, which has a budget of over R990 000. Following that, the team headed to King William’s Town to assess the progress on the Bulk Electricity Infrastructure Upgrades. According to Kumbaca, two mini-substations have been replaced both in Joubert Street and in School Street. “These mini-substations were over 30 years old, resulting in constant power outages in these areas.” Earlier in the year, there was a fatal accident, where a school boy in the Westbank area where a young learner was electrified while playing near an open electricity box. During the site visits, the delegation met with community members who had raised concerns regarding the condition of boundary boxes, commonly known as “danger boxes” around the King William’s Town area. The boundary boxes were found to be old and in poor condition which prompted that they be urgently replaced. Kumbaca added that the constant influx of people from rural areas to the urban areas has put great pressure on the Metro’s infrastructure and the efficiency in which services are provided. “We are constantly racing to meet the needs of our people in the best way possible.” Site visits are to continue in the East London area as the Metro continues to improve its infrastructure bringing service delivery to the people. 2016 Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Road Closure Road Closures: 00h00 – 17h00 · Esplanade Road between George Walker Parade and Moore Street. · Buffalo Park Drive between John Bailie Road and Fitzpatrick Road. · John Bailie Road between Ainsdale Road and Moore Street including Mc Jannet Drive. Road Closures: 06h00 – 17h00 · The N2 will be closed to Traffic between Beacon Bay Off ramp and Blaney turn off and at all the on and off ramps to the N2 from 07h00 to 17h00 from East London to KWT direction. · The N2 will be closed to traffic between Blaney turn off and North East Expressway off ramp and at all the on and off ramps to the N2 from 07h30 to 17h00 from KWT to East London direction. · The North East Expressway will be closed to traffic between Wyse Avenue and Bowls Road intersection in both directions. Lane Closures: 09h30 – 16h30 The right hand lane going up in Turnberry Avenue, Gleneagles Road and Galway Road will be closed for vehicular traffic. Access to East London Golf Course and Kat Leisure Park will be via The Drive. The following intersections will be closed at 05h00 until 17h00: Currie Street at Brighton Street Orient Road at Hillview Road Brighton Street at Rhodes Street Esplanade Road at Rhodes Street Esplanade Road at Quanza Street Esplanade Road at Fitzpatrick Road Esplanade Road at Clifford Street Esplanade Road at Inverleith Terrace Esplanade Road at Long Fellow Street Moore Street at Court Crescent Buffalo Park Drive at Fitzpatrick Road Commercial Road at Fitzpatrick Road John Bailie Road at McJannet Drive John Bailie Road at Turnberry Road John Bailie Road at Ainsdale Road New Year's Day Road Closure Below is a list of the affected areas: Esplanade at Inverleigh Terrace, Cadwallan Street at Aquarium Road, Longfellow Street at Marine Terrace, Moore Street at Marine Terrace, Buffalo Park Drive at Commercial Road, Buffalo Park at John Bailie Road, Mc Jannet at John Bailie Road, Link Road at the Entrance to Marina Glen and Moore Street at John Bailie Road. Beacon Bay: Nyala Road at Kiaat Road Nahoon: Nahoon Reef Road at Epsom Road, Beach Road at Rosyth Street and James Pearce Park Gonubie: Main Road at Quinera Road, Riverside Road at Cane Street, Recreation Road at Meier Street, Main Road at White Street, Oceanway at Smith Street, and Quinera Road at Mzamomhle Location Approved designated areas for discharge of fireworks: EAST LONDON DESIGNATED AREAS: Gonubie Beach, Nahoon Beach, Eastern Beach –only permitted holders, e.g. pyrotechnics, Western Beach, Bonza Bay Beach in Beacon Bay, Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane, Gompo Stadium, Pefferville Sport Field, Parkside Sport Field, NU15 Sports Field in Mdantsane, NU 6 Sports Field in Mdantsane, Potsdam Sport Field, Berlin Sports Field and Buffalo Park KING WILLIAMS TOWN DESIGNATED AREAS: Pirates Sports Club, Victoria B field only, Zwelitsha Sports Ground, Breidbach Sports Ground, Acorn Sports Field DIMBAZA DESIGNATED AREAS: Dimbaza Sports Field The following departments will ensure safety during the display of fire crackers: South African Police Services, Metro’s Disaster Management, Law Enforcement, Traffic department and Fire and Rescue Services. We wish all the residents and visitors a good time and the Metro will ensure their safety but we plead with them to play their role as well. Remember: Rave but Behave! Road Closure Notices The following would apply. Road Closures: The following intersections will be closed off on 30 December 2016 at approximately 13H00. The closures will remain in place from Friday 30 December 2016 up to Monday 2 January 2017 or as decided by the JOC. Quigney: 1. Inverleith Terrace at Esplanade 2. Cadwalan Street at Aquarium Road 3. Longfellow Street at Marine Terrace 4. Moore Street at Marine Terrace 5. Buffalo Park Drive at John Baillie Road 6. Mc Janet Drive at John Baillie Road 7. Link Road at Marina Glen 8. Moore Street at Fitzpatrick Road Traffic Free Zone: From the Aquarium to Marina Glen including Moore Street to the Holiday Inn and the Traffic Circle at John Bailey Road will be a traffic free zone. Access · Access to Ebulhanti braai area will be via Buffalo Park Drive John Bailie into Lin Road. Limited Access Parking: Marina Glen / EbulhantiCaravan Park next to the East Cemetery.Border Cricket Grounds next to the B field.Public open space at Tennyson and Fitzpatrick Road.Public Open space at Tutton Terrace & Fitzpatrick Road.Orient Theatre parkingCourt Crescent and Cadwallan Road (Emergency Vehicles only) Taxis: Drop off zone – Buffalo Park Drive and Moore StreetPick up zone – Moore Street at Court Crescent. Buses: Drop off zone – Buffalo Park Drive.Pick up zone – Buffalo Park Drive / Esplanade. Beacon Bay · Nyala Road at Kiaat Road Nahoon · Nahoon Reef Road at Epsom Road · Beach Road at Rosyth Street · James Pearce Park Gonubie · Main Road at Quinera Road · Riverside Road at Cane Street · Recreation Road at Meier Street · Main Road at White Street · Oceanway at Smith Street · Quinera Road at Mzamomhle Location Should you have any queries or complaints kindly contact the Joint Operation Centre on the following numbers: · Phone Number : 0437220386 · Phone Number : 0437221315 · Fax Number : 0437221890 A friendly reminder to “Rave but Behave” Beacon Bay to Gonubie link road launched The construction follows an appeal that was made by the Buffalo City Development Planning division that there is a need for a road to link Beacon Bay and Gonubie, while simultaneously opening up areas of under utilised land for development. The Metro has set aside 70 million for the second phase of the project which the Mayor said will open up more land for urban development. The Mayor added that investors had already pumped in money for private development. Speaking about the projects, General Manager for Engineering Services Luyanda Mbula said, “The funding constraints had caused the first phase to be divided in two but phase 2 will be more complex as it will include the building of bridges.” “With just phase 1, we have witnessed alleviation of traffic congestion with motorists who want to go to the mall or join the N2 freeway having several options to use,” said Mbula. “Once we are done with phase 2, we will promptly deal with phase 3 and 4 such that we can start with the construction of yet another route. Phase 2 will be completed end February 2019,” he said. “There will be seven phases in total and in completion of all seven planned phases the Link Road will run from the robots at Retail Park and Eskom’s Head Office, all the way to connect to the Gonubie Main Road, just past the Gonubie Police Station,” he added. Adding to that, Project Director Andre Naude said they would hire 20 people but the number will double at the height of construction activity and a number of SMME’s will be subcontracted for construction of the portion of the works. The City officials also visited two other project sites that the Metro is currently implementing which include the completed Reigerton Park Main Road upgrade and the Fleet Street which is still under construction and is scheduled for completion by December 2017. Comments are closed.