Extension planned for road

2017-02-28 06:01

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An environmental impact assessment (EIA) is underway as the City plans to extend Houmoed Avenue.

The extension would link Buller Louw Boulevard to Lekkerwater Road, but due to wetlands inside the road reserve, and EIA needs to be completed. This includes public participation, which saw two focus groups meeting yesterday (Monday).

The link is expected to have a major impact on traffic congestion in the valley, says Mayco member for transport and urban development Brett Herron. This after research has shown commuters in the Kommetjie area travel, on average, twice as long during the peak period as the off-peak period.

The peak period in these areas extends for three hours instead of two hours as elsewhere in the city.

“To alleviate this congestion, traffic studies undertaken in suburbs in the far south in June last year identified the proposed Houmoed Avenue link as essential in addressing the current traffic congestion and future access needs in the Kommetjie area,” says ­Herron.

The EIA process also includes an assessment from a freshwater specialist, an assessment of the impact of the proposed road extension on the local fauna and a proposed environmental management programme to address any impacts and rehabilitate the remaining wetland.

“It will provide an additional access route between the residential areas, shopping centres, and beyond, and it will improve the circulation of traffic through Kommetjie,” says Herron.

A project to upgrade Ou Kaapse Weg and Kommetjie Road is currently underway, Herron adds.

“This upgrade will assist in alleviating the traffic congestion in the short-term. However, the Houmoed Avenue link could provide a much-needed alternative route to residents from Masiphumelele, Sunnydale and Capri. Although the City is of the opinion that this link is essential for the local road network, I want to reiterate that we are committed to a transparent process and meaningful public participation.”

Houmoed Road was recently extended in a R19m project to link Kommetjie Road to the cul de sac in Masiphumelele (“Extra road to home, job”, People’s Post, 13 October 2015).

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