Detours ahead for residents

2017-03-14 16:29

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Motorists using Baden Powell Drive are advised of a 10-month long roadworks project.

The City of Cape Town’s transport and urban development authority is investing R29m in the resurfacing and repair of about 16.5km of Baden Powell Drive in Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain, as part of its regular planned road maintenance programme.

The roadworks are scheduled to start now and will take up to December.

This project to upgrade Baden Powell Drive includes major and minor patching of the road where needed, smoothing out sections of the road where moles have caused undulations in the road and road shoulders, clearing the road shoulders of encroaching vegetation and sand, replacing guardrails where necessary and resurfacing the full length of the road after all the preparation work.

Some motorists who spoke to People’s Post reacted with mixed feelings.

“I am happy that they are finally fixing the road, but it’s going to be a big inconvenience. Ten months is almost an entire year of extra traffic and having to leave home earlier,” says Tohieerah Samuels.

Another resident, Magadien Williams, says: “Finally we won’t need to worry about buckling anymore rims or dodging potholes. When our cars are damaged we don’t get reimbursed by the council.”

Matthew Jacobs says the roadworks are long overdue.

“Many people complain about the road. It is along such a great and scenic route that is destroyed by the constant bumping and bad condition of the roads. I don’t know how bad the traffic will be for the rest of the year, but the road after will be so much better that I can’t be mad about it.

“I just hope they stick to the time and do not take years to complete it.”

The residents on Spine Road, between Strandfontein and Swartklip roads, will be affected by increased traffic volumes because motorists travelling in the direction of the N2 will be detoured onto Spine Road from the Strandfontein Road ­intersection.

For traffic travelling in the direction of Muizenberg, a detour will be provided along Lukannon Drive for part of the 16.5km.

“Although there will be no road closures, we will be making portions of Baden Powell Drive a one-way and detouring either the traffic heading towards the N2 onto Spine Road or detouring traffic towards Muizenberg onto Lukkanon Drive. When we don’t have a safe or viable detour, we will have a stop-go system in place,” says Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban ­development.

“Should Lukannon Drive be used as a detour, we may have to make a portion of it a one-way in the direction of Muizenberg as it is a narrow road and will not safely be able to carry the additional traffic in both directions. Road users would therefore not be able to enter Lukannon Drive at Strandfontein.

“We also urge motorists to look out for notifications which will be displayed at their subcouncils before the work begins. This information will also be available from the ward councillors. Adverts notifying residents of the works will be placed in local newspapers. Flyers will also be distributed at the Strandfontein Road intersection,” says Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South).

“We thank our residents in advance for their patience during this period. We will try to limit the inconvenience as far as possible, but roadworks are disruptive in nature and unexpected challenges can derail our best intentions and precautions,” says Herron.

He asks motorists to exercise extreme caution when driving through or around the construction areas and to take heed of all warning and speed restriction signs.

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