Section of Circular Drive to close for 3 months

2016-03-02 06:00


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MOTORISTS making use of Circular Drive should brace themselves for the next few months as a portion of it will be closed to the public.

The stretch of 220 metres long will be closed and traffic redirected to allow for the upgrading and reconstruction of this portion of Circular Drive. The closure started on February 27 and will continue until May 30, 2016.

The project includes construction to widen additional sections of Circular Drive above and below the area to be closed, as well as a section of Centenary Road. Previously, Willow Road was also under construction to allow for upgrading and widening. It has now been opened prior to the closure of Circular Drive; however, the contractor stated that there will be tie-in work required at the intersection on Mimosa and Willow Roads. Motorists should be advised that this might slow traffic down in this area for a short period while the tie-in is done.

The entire project which includes the work on Willow Road, the upgrading on the existing Circular Road and the portion of Circular road which is currently closed, cost approximately R20 million - a bill which is footed by the Fairview Suburban Estates (Pty) ltd.

Rob Dobson, Principal Project Manager for the Consulting Engineers, said residents will unfortunately be inconvenienced but there will a detour planned for them.

“Unfortunately there will be some inconvenience to road users, however there is a detour planned around the section using new roads constructed within the newly developed area.

“Residents who need access to their properties have been contacted individually and will be accommodated by the contractor,” said Dobson.

He, however, is positive that the closure will not take longer than planned. “The closure will be for a period of about three months from end February to end May 2016.

“When working on below ground existing services there is always a possibility that unknown circumstances may arise which could delay work; however at this time we are of the opinion that the work will be completed within the period stated.”

Dobson said that it is of utmost importance that the public drive carefully and obey all temporary traffic signs and flag men. “We ask everyone to be patient during the construction of the works.”

Ward 6 DA Councillor Retief Odendaal is excited about the steady pace of residential and business development in the Fairview area.

“It is a pity that the metro is not paying for the upgrades of these roads, as I believe the metro should have contributed.

“I am excited though about the upgrade and the overall feeling from residents is that they understand the inconvenience of the closure will be beneficial to all at the end of the day,” Odendaal said.

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