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R18m half-built road waits on Bay budget
14 August 2012

A PORT Elizabeth road that has already cost about R18-million is yet to be finished – with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality not honouring the agreement it had with the Port Elizabeth Land Restitution and Housing Association (Pelrha).

Pelrha built a section of the road – which runs parallel to William Moffett Express Way in Fairview – running from Restitution Avenue to the old tip site next to the Engen garage. The municipality was then supposed to extend the road, to go under the bridge and towards the Third Avenue dip in Newton Park.

Pelrha director Clive Felix said they started building the road in February last year.

“I am disappointed that the road has not been finished, because it is a very important link road that would take the pressure off the busy William Moffett. I do not know when they plan on building the road. My worry is that every year the costs escalate,” he said.

“We built it from early February last year and finished our part late last year. That was around R18-million [in costs]. I hope it will be included in next year’s budget.”

Municipal spokeswoman Marthie Nel said she could not say when the road would be finished.

“Unfortunately it could not be accommodated in the budget, because of budgetary constraints.

“There are plans to finish the road, but when it can be accommodated in the budget. It will cost approximately R15-million to complete it,” she said.

Ward 6 DA councillor Retief Odendaal was worried that the area might be used as an illegal dumping site.

“It is grossly unfair that Pelrha had to build the road – only for it to be left halfway. It is shocking that we are letting one of the nicest developments go to waste.

“We are lucky it’s not a dumping site already. The road is just going nowhere,” Odendaal said.

Jiminy Bosman, 29, of Walmer Downs, who uses William Moffett to get to and from work every day, said she hoped the road would be finished soon.

“I am looking forward to when the road gets finished. Anything that can be done to ease the congestion on William Moffett and the Third Avenue area would be great,” she said.

Brititte Weishaupt, 71, also from Walmer Downs, agreed.

“We call that road a lifeline because it is a very important road to connect us to Newton Park, town and other areas. For school parents going to Newton Park, the road is essential.”

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…no budget left for road to be completed…rather spend on overseas trips and Afcon soccer…far more important
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