Extra road to home, job

2015-10-13 06:00

Additional road access to Masiphumelele is expected to open by the middle of next year.

Houmoed Avenue is being extended in a R19m project to link Kommetjie Road to the cul de sac in Masiphumelele, explains Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport.

“Masiphumelele currently has only one access point at Pokela Road. The additional access is required not only for residents and visitors to Masiphumelele, but also for emergency services vehicles and maintenance teams,” he says.

As well as improving access, the construction will provide much-needed jobs, Masiphumelele Business Development Forum chairperson Simon Paisya says.

“The construction will employ community members and will provide access to employment in the area, such as the new mall,” he says.

Community worker Marti Weddepohl says the current roads into Masiphumelele are very busy and carry a large amount of pedestrian traffic. This makes it a challenge for cars to access the area.

She believes a second access point from the other side of Masiphumelele will speed up response times of emergency services, especially in case of fires.

The effects will also be felt by motorists on Kommetjie Road, Herron says.

“Apart from an additional access route to Masiphumelele, the project will also significantly improve the safety of the intersection at Kommetjie Road.”

An upgrade of Kommetjie Road is set to start in the middle of next year (“Roads upgraded for more traffic”, People’s Post, 1 September).

There is currently severe congestion along Kommetjie Main Road and Ou ­Kaapse Weg during peak periods, added to which are planned residential developments along Kommetjie Main Road and expansions to the Long Beach business ­area.

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