Detour Along Buffelsfontein Road

JUNE 8, 2015

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality says rains over the past week have led to flooding or, what is called ponding in certain areas of the Bay.

"One such area is the Walmer/Gqebera area, which has experienced the brunt of such ponding, making it difficult for commuters, both vehicular and pedestrian, to traverse, thus disenabling economic and social activity in the area and its surrounds during such rainful times," the municipality said in a statement.

"To address this chronic problem, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality embarked upon a 'Walmer/Gqebera Stormwater Detention Pond' project.  The first phase of the project entailed the construction of stormwater channels at the airport and across Alister Miller Drive and Victoria Park Drive."

The municipality said that the second phase of the project commences on Monday.

"This phase 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; motorists need not worry, as a temporary detour road has been made (see sketch below).  The detour is well-marked, with signage prominently displayed at appropriate intervals.  We ask motorists using this stretch of the road to practice caution during the project period as it is a construction site, with heavy duty vehicles and material being used," the municipality said.

"Equally, we ask for your patience, as we seek to make Nelson Mandela Bay a better place to live, work and play in, through tangible developmental and infrastructure projects such as these."

Some vital stats about phase 2 of the project (Buffelsfontein):

  • Up to 100 concrete precast culverts will be used.
  • Each culvert is 3,6m wide, 2m high, and 1,2m in length.
  • The length of the channel is about 50m.
  • It is a double channel of culverts (thus requiring 2 x 50m channels).
  • 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 (Small and Micro Enterprises), thus ensuring substantive broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE).