watson highway link road

Dube TradePort is a 2 840 ha development in La Mercy, Durban, which comprises the King Shaka International Airport, a TradeZone which is a specialist freight-orientated and multi-modal logistics platform, Dube City which is a modern Green hub, home to Dube TradePort’s head office, other offices, retail space and leisure facilities, and an AgriZone which is a high-tech agricultural development. Dube TradePort has been described as one of Africa’s top 10 investment opportunities.

Delta BEC was appointed as engineering professionals for planning, design, project management, and construction supervision of the new 3.6 km Watson Highway Link Road project. This road connects the airport and TradeZone with the Watson Highway (uShukela Highway), providing Tongaat residents improved access to the airport as well as providing the TradeZone with direct access to the N2 highway to the north. The purpose of this project was to expand the strategic road system for the entire Dube TradePort Development Zone resulting in significant accessibility improvements.

The Watson Highway Link Road is expected to have a high proportion of heavy goods vehicles, given the nature of the proposed land-uses, and a structural design of 20 years was implemented to accommodate this. The drainage design is a sustainable system and is expected to provide significant cost saving over traditional pipe drainage systems. The stormwater system consists of combined surface, road and pipe systems.