Beacon Bay link road gives hope to Gonubie commuters

Announcement comes as main road upgrade begins.

EMBATTLED and embittered Gonubie commuters have been given a glimpse of hope after government gave an environmental goahead for a link road to Beacon Bay. 

IMPROVEMENTS: The laying of concrete has begun on the Gonubie Main Road. PICTURE: STEPHANIE LLOYD
IMPROVEMENTS: The laying of concrete has begun on the Gonubie Main Road. PICTURE: STEPHANIE LLOYD

The announcement comes as contractors working on the Gonubie Main Road upgrade project started laying the first reinforced concrete that will form the road surface.

Ian Swartz of CBM Africa, the consulting engineer for Buffalo City Metro (BCM), said it would take 14 days for the concrete to cure.

The roadworks have strangled traffic flow, causing city workers to waste up to an hour crawling homewards in dangerous and frustrating stop-go traffic.

Two people have died in the chaos since BCM started constructing the four-lane road.

The link road between Gonubie and Beacon Bay was effectively given the green light on May 19 when the department of economic development, environmental affairs and tourism (Dedeat) signed a 12-page environmental authorisation for the construction of the arterial road.

This route will traverse the Quinera area and will include construction of bridges and storm water outlets.

On May 22, BCM’s environmental consultant, Michelle Puzilewicz, told interested and affected parties they had until June 1 to appeal to Dedeat.

It is not clear at this stage when work on the road will begin.

Buffalo City Ratepayers’ Forum chairman Andre Swart said Gonubie residents would benefit from the proposed Quinera road but the road from Quinera circle to Batting Bridge had to be turned into four lanes to prevent traffic congestion being shifted from Gonubie to Beacon Bay.

Meanwhile, the much-awaited construction of one of four lanes of reinforced concrete along Gonubie Main Road has added to traffic snarl-ups as commuters gawped at the first 140mstretch being laid.

Swartz said they wanted to complete the 4.6m-wide lane by mid-July. This would create a smooth homeward flow.

Swartz said another 120m of concrete road was being lined up for pouring and casting yesterday and a further 150m for today and tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the April storm damage to the temporary slurried surface had been largely superficial and confined to the surface and only two sections are under further review at this stage.

However, the key test was to allow traffic on the areas to see if they held up.

Swartz said: “The best way is to expose it to traffic and if there is structural failure it will reveal itself. If so, then the area in question will be opened up and repaired to meet specification.”

He said the aim was to complete over 400m by Thursday when work would stop for payday. It would resume on Monday but this would be a set-up day and paving would only start again in earnest on Tuesday.

On the downside, the roadbuilders hit a bulk water main last week north of Quinera Drive and that had meant repairs. An assessment was being awaited. —

6 COMMENTS

  1. It would be such a joy if they allow 2 lanes out in the morning and then 2 lanes in during the afternoon peak times when possible. To minimize the effort in doing so, cones or suitable road signs could be used to divide the 3 lanes permanently. A small adjustment at the entrance and exit can then guide motorists on the available lanes at the time. Spacing between cones should be small so that motorist do not move between lanes. The narrow lanes will also help motorists to maintain safe speeds. PLEASE CONSIDER MY SUGGESTION or something similar.

  2. I’ve been waiting for this road for fifty years. I’ll vote for the ANC next time, if it ever gets completed.

  3. If they close the second outlet lane in afternoon and open 2 lanes into Gonubie, it will lift the load of traffic in the afternoon. Make 3 lanes, 2 out in the morning, and 1 in. just closed the extra lane in afternoon going out and open it up to incoming traffic. it should not be a problem changing a couple of barriers at each end of the road.
    Our business is hugely affected by the roadworks!
    Great news about the link road, we are waiting 20 years already!

  4. Please can they start building this road already … How long do you think it will take to complete ? 5 years ? this article is way too vague and nothing else on the net ..

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