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2016-07-05 06:00

A R15m project to upgrade worn and damaged roads in Atlantic Heights roads is underway.

Expected to be completed by the end of the year, the upgrade involves the reconstruction of existing Atlantic Heights roads that have deteriorated over time, explains Mayco member for transport, Brett Herron.

“The reconstruction includes the installation of new sub-soil drainage and stormwater infrastructure, as well as the construction of walkways where there is space available and where the conditions allow for it,” he says.

The deterioration follows on damage to the underlying layers of the road, Herron says. “The underlying clay layers under some roads were affected by extreme wet conditions, including heavy rains in previous winter seasons, and excess greywater,” he says.

This caused the accelerated deterioration of the roads which was exacerbated even further due to traffic, Herron explains.

“The purpose of the project is to prolong the longevity of the reconstructed roads, which in terms of maintenance costs is to the benefit of the local residents as well as of the City of Cape Town.”

The project will see 17 roads upgraded, with around half of those already completed in the few months since the project started, says Herron. “It is foreseen that the project will be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting and pending unforeseen challenges.”

However, not only motorists stand to benefit from the improved road surfaces, Herron believes.

“Once completed, road users in Atlantic Heights will benefit from the reconstructed roads in terms of road safety, general access and convenience,” he says.

“It is important to note that pedestrians make up a high percentage of road users across the city and that the walkways will make a significant difference in improving their safety while walking to and from their destinations.”

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