Monday, January 10, 2011

3rd Avenue Dip

Everybody in Port Elizabeth knows the 3rd Avenue dip.  It is where 3rd Avenue, Newton Park crosses through the Baakens Valley and before the construction of the William Moffat Express Way it was the main access road between Walmer and Newton Park.  The 3rd Avenue dip was built in 1957 and still is a very popular road used as an alternative to William Moffat.

Very close to the low water bridge, which is often under water after big rains, stands a bench as a monument to David Baillie Lovemore.  Lovemore was the person who pioneered this road through the Baakens River.  Now there's a fact I bet the PE folk didn't know.


  1. Are you sure its 3rd Avenue and not Burt Drive. just a technical point. :)
    3rd Ave stops at the Butcher.

  2. I'm pretty sure it is the 3rd Avenue dip. The angle the photo was taken gives the impreesion it is not that steep wheras in actual fact it is.

  3. Now there is a fact that I did not know!

    It feels a lot steeper than that when I am trying to run up it!

  4. And jerryhatrick, technically speaking it is actually Glenhurd Pl. Changing into Alan Drive at the top of the hill into Mangold Park. :-)
    Burt Drive is at the other end of 3rd Ave. But you are right in saying that 3rd Ave stops at the Butcher. I dont think anyone would know what you were talking about though if you called it anything other than the 3rd Ave Dip.

  5. Very likely Lovemore Heights was named after David Baillie then. It's always nice to hear where a suburb got its name from.

    It's like with the Lister memorial on Marine Drive (near the Retief Memorial). He pioneered the halting of the driftsands, upon which much of Humewood is built. and in recognition listerwood was named for him, But did you know that he wasresponsible for kerbing dune movement in the Cape Flats, too? I learnt this at the Goodwood Museum.

    Maybe the Firefly can snap a photo of this unique monument as well? who knows on what state it is today?