Progress on Proposal to Alleviate Flooding in Summerstrand

NOVEMBER 17, 2014

The Basic Assessment Report (BAR) on a proposal by the metro to alleviate flooding in Summerstrand has been submitted to the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

The project involves the construction of approximately 2 500 metres of existing stormwater reticulation in two phases (portions).

The BAR Executive Summary states that the work also includes the construction of two new stormwater detention ponds and the upgrading of an existing one.

One of the new detention ponds with a storage capacity of 10 200 cubic metres will be constructed on an erf west of the intersection of Louis Botha Crescent and Ben Viljoen Road.

The second, with a storage capacity of about 5 000 cubic metres is proposed south of the intersection of McWilliams Road and Bulbring Road.

The extension of the existing pond is on an erf south of the intersection of Strandforntein and Admiralty Way and will have a storage capacity of some 13 3000 cubic metres.

The BAR states that the project has been divided into “two distinct portions in order that the work may be undertaken in accordance with the assessed risk of flooding occurring”.

It adds that dependent on the availability of funding, the contracts for the various portions may start simultaneously or may have different start and completion dates.

The BAR notes that should environmental authorisation be issued, the approval of the detailed design, tender adjudication and awarding of contracts is expected to take two years, with a further 18 months for the completion of the work from the date of commencement.

An additional 12 months has been allowed for the post-constriction defects period, which will mean that if authorisation is granted the project should take about four-and-a-half years to complete.

The project will create a number of temporary employment opportunities.

Negative socio-economic impacts, such as traffic, access to properties and amenities, and health and safety issues, it states, can all be “mitigated to Low and Very Low Negative”.  - MetroMinutes.