IN another leap towards realising the R1.7-billion Bay West super regional mall in Port Elizabeth, the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has called for tenders for the development of the long sought- after Redhouse-Chelsea interchange road network.
Despite the size of the project, engineers said the road design specifically left an area which was home to a rare species of frog and the sensitive cyclopia plant untouched, while the road was also diverted around a sensitive rocky outcrop.
According to city planners, the development of the R250-million road network has been called for by residents since the early 2000s to alleviate increasing traffic congestion in the city’s western suburbs and to unlock economic growth.
Provision to accommodate the city’s Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) has also been made.
The network will connect Walker Drive with Old Cape Road, via an interchange over the N2 which will allow mall visitors access from the freeway.
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