Another milestone in the development of Port Elizabeth’s R1.7-billion Baywest Mall has been reached with construction starting on new R300-million road infrastructure in the city’s western suburbs.
The new road infrastructure will put city residents at the doorstep of Baywest Mall with convenient access to the double-storey mall and the Baywest precinct from the N2 freeway.
The road infrastructure is the realisation of the first phase of the city’s long-awaited Redhouse-Chelsea Interchange road network, which has been unlocked by the Baywest development.
The first phase of the new road network, being built by construction company Basil Read, will link the suburbs of Sherwood and Rowallan Park which sit on opposite sides of the N2 freeway along which the Baywest Mall is being built. This will be done by joining Walker Drive (Sherwood) to Cape Road (Rowallan Park).
There will also be an interchange with on and off ramps to the N2, allowing easy access from the freeway to Baywest Mall and at the same time alleviating traffic congestion in the western suburbs.
Eventually, the network will link up opposite ends of the city, Redhouse and Chelsea.
Baywest MD Gavin Blows says the Baywest developers, Abacus Asset Management and Billion Group, as well as the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL), will pay the bulk of the costs for the new network, with the city contributing 15% of the costs.
“While the Baywest development is a private initiative, the developers have reached agreement with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and