Break in roadworks?

2015-10-27 06:00

An extended suspension of construction on Main Road is being considered.

This would be to accommodate business trading over the summer busy season.

The R304m road upgrade is currently in its last phase and is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2017.

The replacement of underground services will cater for development in the southern peninsula for at least the next 40 years and it is estimated that the rehabilitated road will last another 30 years, taking into account the expected increase in traffic along Main Road. Main Road is one of only three access routes to the far south. It currently carries about 20 000 vehicles per day.

A number of businesses have been affected by the ongoing roadworks, says Rick Bing, chairperson of the Fish Hoek Improvement District (FHCID).

“The petrol stations have been affected negatively, but my experience is that most retailers have ‘made a plan’. ‘It’s been tough, but we have X, Y and Z that have helped us through’ seems to be a common response,” he says.

Locals are reluctant to leave the valley and the “up the line” customers have used Ou Kaapse Weg to access the valley, Bing says.

“They have dropped off in numbers but somehow still manage to get down here to shop,” he says.

Having two-way traffic flowing without any roadworks would bring a boost to local businesses, Bing says. “The extra two weeks over the holidays will obviously have a positive effect,” he says.

“We have been on an inspection of the site and with our limited understanding of road engineering, we are satisfied that the contractors are doing their best in difficult circumstances.”

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, says the City’s transport authority is still considering such a break and will notify all interested parties in due course.

In the meantime, Bing says, business owners understand the need for the road upgrade.

“We just want the job done so that we can get on with business life – and then be ready for the onslaught when the world rediscovers Fish Hoek. The FHCID is busy with re-branding and progress is slow, but organised and being worked on by a determined bunch of people,” he says.

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