The construction of the Beacon Bay and Gonubie Link Road, which is set to be completed in March 2019, is currently ahead of schedule.
This was revealed by Buffalo City infrastructure portfolio head Ncedo Kumbaca yesterday.
According to Kumbaca, the project, which began last July, is about 55% complete.
He said the R71-million project would be a 680m dual carriageway that would feature a full traffic circle, [a bridge over] the Qenera River and a 1.4m wide median pedestrian walkway and bicycle track on both sides of the road.
He added that the road would also have lighting, cable ducting and stormwater management.
“Phase one is complete, phase two is under construction and phases three to eight will follow as funding becomes available.
“We appreciate the significant progress that has been made on site because this is one project that is going to be a catalyst in terms of bringing development to this part of the city.”
The project is being carried out by Down Touch Investments.
The site agent from Down Touch Investments, Victor Gouws, confirmed that the contractor was about “10 to 15% ahead” of schedule.
Said Kumbaca: “We have been very disappointed in the recent past with some of the companies we appointed to do construction work around the city, where we had to fire some of them on site, but this one has gone beyond expectations.”
He said 50 new jobs had been created. “This is one of the flagship projects that we have as a city, and through projects like these we have turned our city into a construction site.
“We have also brought in local SMMEs.
“Four have already started and another four will be brought on board as the work progresses so that we have eight of them.”