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Flyover bridge connecting Umhlanga to Cornubia opens

Category News: Economy

R280m flyover bridge

connecting Umhlanga

to Cornubia opens

29 Nov 2018
The Cornubia Bridge, a key component of eThekwini's GO!Durban IRPTN network
which crosses the N2 highway linking onto Umhlanga Ridge Boulevard is now open
to traffic and will complete the primary access into Cornubia with direct access
from the N2, as well as providing an additional alternative access into
Umhlanga Ridge..
The Cornubia Bridge that crosses the N2 highway linking
Umhlanga Ridge Boulevard to Cornubia..

Planned to accommodate both the C8 and C9 GO!Durban networks from the airport and Bridge City respectively,
the Cornubia Bridge fulfils a number of functions, not least of which is to open up Cornubia directly from
Umhlanga - boding well for investment aspirations in Cornubia Town Centre, Cornubia Business Estate and the
housing projects in Umhlanga Hills.

The bridge structure is 125 metres long and 50 metres wide. It represents a significant engineering feat
and comprises three individual bridges that were 'stitched together' to form a single structure carrying
six mixed-use traffic lanes, as well as pedestrian sidewalks and two bus lanes, according to Project Engineer,
Brian Downie.

The opening of the R280 million flyover, which was a joint venture between Tongaat Hulett and the eThekwini
Municipality, was not so much about moving traffic as it was about facilitating the creation of inclusive,
compact urban precincts, linking people to opportunities and accelerating development potential.
Improved accessibility to Cornubia and Umhlanga Ridge would further enhance investment in the region,
says Tongaat Hulett Developments executive Selemo Sefehle.

"The bridge over the N2, with its dedicated bus lanes, has been a vital key in unlocking the development
of the C9 route from KwaMashu to Umhlanga for the GO!Durban integrated public transport network,
"says Thami Manyathi, Head of the eThekwini Transport Authority.

"The eThekwini Municipality's vision for the new transport network, which links the entire city, is driven
by the need to redress the imbalances of the past and propel the economy forward. Areas that have been
historically segregated are now being linked. This means better access to opportunities, as well as the
potential for economic activities to develop around the transport nodes. The bridge is a great reminder
that the improvement of public transport is not about infrastructure and roads, but about the connections
and links human beings are able to make with people and places."

Downie says the Cornubia flyover was a good example of proactive planning on behalf of Tongaat Hulett
Developments and the eThekwini Municipality.

"Positive development thrives on good infrastructure. The current success of Umhlanga /Cornubia began
with the construction of the N2 (Durban Outer Ring Road), and has continued with constant upgrades to
the roads system," says Downie.

The Mount Edgecombe interchange, which opened earlier this year and was funded by SANRAL, eThekwini
Municipality and the KZN Department of Transport, has already impacted positively on business
confidence in the area.

Not only has the interchange alleviated congestion that sometimes manifested in 2km long queues
on the N2 highway, but greatly improved the prospect of further investment in the region.

Konrad Kohler, a development manager at Fortress REIT, which is partnering with M&F Giuricich
Developments in the development of the R1 billion Cornubia Ridge Logistics Park that is adjacent to
the N2 and closest to the Cornubia flyover, says the close proximity to the N2 had been integral to
the developers' decision to invest in the area in the first place. It would also be key to attracting
blue-chip tenants requiring easy access to major arterial routes between Durban and the King Shaka
International Airport and Dube TradePort.

Work on the Cornubia Ridge Logistics Park began in February 2017. Platforms were created to allow for
approximately 120 000sqm of logistics or retail development.

"The first tenant has been secured and we are currently constructing a 19 000sqm retail store for Makro,
which will be ready to trade in March next year. Plans have also been submitted for the first speculative
warehouse of 22 000sqm, and we wish to commence with construction early in 2019," says Kohler.

Sefehle says construction of the Cornubia Bridge was in line with the shared vision between eThekwini and
Tongaat Hulett Developments.

"Our vision was to establish Cornubia as an aspirational commercial and residential location. It meets all
the criteria needed to attract tenants with specific needs and the opening of the Cornubia flyover will add
considerably to establishing the area as a prime commercial opportunity. Tongaat Hulett Development's focus
is geared towards cities or spaces that are integrated, inclusionary and compact, and which ultimately result
in a more liveable city. We plan urban spaces by taking an all-inclusive approach. Transport infrastructure
that facilitates the movement of people is a key part of this," says Sefahle.

Author: Prop24

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