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Weekend road closures for Standard Bank 5150 Nelson Mandela Bay

Dec 1, 2017
Weekend road closures for Standard Bank 5150 Nelson Mandela Bay

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has advised Port Elizabeth motorists and residents and visitors to Summerstrand that the following roads will be closed for the Standard Bank 5150 Nelson Mandela Bay happening this Sunday.

Nelson Mandela Bay, the home of IRONMAN in Africa, plays host to the latest event in the Standard Bank 5150 African Triathlon Series with the addition of the Standard Bank 5150 Nelson Mandela Bay and Standard Bank FUNTRI set to take place on the 3 December 2017.

5150 is the World Triathlon Corporation’s standard distance triathlon series. The 5150 triathlon takes the format of an Olympic distance triathlon featuring a 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run. This totals a distance of 51.50km hence, the name 5150 pronounced, fifty-one-fifty. The standard distance race in Nelson Mandela Bay is great as an introduction for first-time athletes but challenging enough for seasoned athletes. The race is also ideal as a warm up for the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa in January giving athletes the opportunity to experience the flow of big event while becoming accustomed to the non-drafting nature of the race.

Marine Drive Businesses / Residents:  beyond Admiralty Way

AFFECTED AREAS / TRAFFIC: 

Between Drifstands and Marine Drive / Admiralty Way intersection:

Half road closure:   the sea side lane will be closed i.e. vehicles travelling down the side roads to Marine Drive will be able to turn LEFT only onto Marine Drive – direction Summerstrand to CBD / City / M4 – as the land side lane only will be open to traffic.

Marine Drive / Admiralty Way intersection to Schoenmakerskop (Sappershoek):

Full road closure (see detail below):  no vehicular access.

  • Humewood Golf Club:  access via NMU.
  • Pine Lodge:   There will be radio-controlled access from the NMU back gate to Pine Lodge:  one-directional only at any given time.
  • Willows / Madiba Bay Resorts:   Until 08h00, vehicles may exit the resorts on Marine Drive and turn LEFT only towards Schoenmakerskop / Victoria Drive.  Until 07h30, vehicles may enter to the resorts via Schoenmakerskop only. 

From 08h00 until 11h30, NO vehicles will be allowed to depart from or access Willows or any of the Madiba Bay Resorts / drive on this portion of Marine Drive.

  • Exiting Schoenmakerskop: Vehicles may leave Schoenmakerskop via Victoria Drive only.  NO access allowed via Marine Drive to Summerstrand / City.

From 11h30 (or, when all athletes have completed this portion of the bike course) portions of the road will re-open.   Marine Drive should open fully by 12h30.

Marine Drive Businesses / Residents:  Driftsands to Admiralty

AFFECTED AREAS / TRAFFIC: 

Between Driftsands Road and Marine Drive / Admiralty Way intersection:

Half road closure:   the sea side lane will be closed i.e. vehicles travelling down the side roads to Marine Drive will be able to turn LEFT only onto Marine Drive – travelling direction Summerstrand to CBD / City / M4 – as the land side lane only will be open to traffic.

General:

  • There will be a controlled cross-over point into Hobie Beach Car Park at the Shark Rock / Beach Hotel entrance only.
  • There will be a controlled cross-over point from 8th Avenue to Something Good / Car Park.

Humewood Residents / Businesses:  No parking to sea side lane

Please note that there is NO parking on Saturday night (2nd December) and Sunday morning (3rd December) to the sea side lane of Beach Road / Marine Drive between Kings Beach and Hobie Beach:  should vehicles be parked, they will be towed away by the traffic department.

Summer Seas residents: 

Managed cross-over to Exit only (cross over into 9thAvenue or turn right only onto Marine Drive).  Return can only be after 12h30.

Marine Drive / Admiralty Way intersection to Schoenmakerskop (Sappershoek):

Full road closure:  NO vehicular access.

  • Humewood Golf Club:  access via NMU.
  • Pine Lodge:  one-way traffic with radio-controlled access via NMU back gate.

We apologise for any inconvenience and would encourage you to support the athletes participating in front of your premise:  they certainly appreciate the public’s support.

EMERGENCIES ONLY Race Day telephone number:  079 266 6263