Roadworks on the R72, Kariega Road and R343 in Kenton-on-Sea

by | Jun 1, 2022 | Blog, Building and Town Planning | 5 comments

Eastern Cape, 30 May 2022: Motorists are notified of construction work taking place on the R72 Section 2, approximately 600m, at the intersection of the R72, Kariega Road and the R343 in Kenton-on-Sea starting on Wednesday, 1 June 2022 for approximately 3 months until Friday, 2 September 2022.

Two-way traffic will still be maintained for the full duration of the construction period by means of a temporary deviation on the eastbound side of the R72. No stop-and-go sections will be implemented but motorists should expect some delays.

The construction works will include the following:

On the R72 National Route

  • A temporary deviation by means of widening of the eastbound carriageway (towards Port Alfred).
  • New slipway into the service station.
  • New median island.
  • New busbays.
  • New walkways.
  • Stormwater infrastructure.
  • Installation of pipe sleeves.
  • Installation of Street Lighting.
  • Road marking and signage.

On Kariega Road at the Oetle Street intersection

  • New access into the development, including entrance and exit slip lanes.
  • New kerbing along the southbound edge of Kariega Road.
  • New walkways.
  • Stormwater infrastructure.
  • Widening of Kariega Road at Oetle street.


Motorists travelling westwards between East London and Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) may consider using the following alternative route:

  • From East London, follow the N2 to Qonce (King Williamstown) past Makanda (Grahamstown) and continue to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth).
  • In Port Alfred, turn right onto the R67 towards Makanda (Grahamstown) and proceed onto the N2 to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth).


Motorists travelling eastwards between Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) and East London may consider using the following alternative route: 

  • From Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), follow the N2 to Makanda (Grahamstown) to Qonce (King Williamstown) and proceed on the N2 to East London.
  • From Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), follow the N2 to Makanda (Grahamstown) and turn right onto the R67 to Port Alfred and then left onto the R72 and proceed on the N2 to East London.


Motorists are requested to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and use caution when making use of the roads.


The information posted on 1 June was received from the Developer which KOSRA is attempting to validate with SANRAL. KOSRA will continue to keep the community updated


  1. Traffic calming circle?
    Traffic lights?

    For years the intersection has been a nightmare.
    Is nothing going to change to alleviate this dangerous intersection

  2. Do we have a traffic flow plan?

  3. This is really bad news for the Kenton community as we have no alternative exit/entry to our village. Is there going to be a traffic officer regulating the traffic at all times? If not, can we ask/insist?

  4. No safe pedestrian crossing eg bridge, no circle despite this being the only entrance to Kenton, thus an a cident zone.

  5. dismayed that no notice has been given to the urgent need for a traffic circle or robot at the intersection and a pedestrian bridge or crossing

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