Electrical project delayed

2015-05-05 06:00

Residents along Tarentaal Road in Bridgetown will have to practice a little more patience as the installation of the high voltage electrical cables is only expected to be completed by the end of April.

People’s Post (“Work to end soon,” Tuesday 10 March) previously reported the project would be completed by the end of March.

However, a recent report by subcouncil states the “reinstatement is approximately 90% complete” as the cables have been fully installed, while only final jointing work and the site cleanup is now being done.

The tender was awarded in May 2014, while the project only commenced in Tarentaal Road in January 2015.

This is the last section of a project by the City of Cape Town’s electricity services department to install 132kV underground infrastructure. The project required the installation of two high voltage cable circuits between the Athlone switching station and Tower 10, corner of Jakes Gerwel and the N2.

According to the subcouncil report the cable route runs inside the Athlone Power Station grounds and the Athlone Water Waste Treatment Plant and enters public roads in Bridgetown.

Ernest Sonnenberg, mayoral committee member for utility services for the City of Cape Town, previously explained the project involved the “installation, backfilling and reinstatement of the surrounding areas”. He said the installation of fibre-optic cable required for the installation was also included.

Sonnenberg said the 132kV network is the backbone of the City’s electrical infrastructure in the greater city area.

He also said the major installation work (trenches) would be completed by the end of March, but further localised excavations would take place after this date to do the cable jointing work.

According to the City a traffic management plan was set in place to ensure traffic is notified (via signage) and managed (flagmen) along the route during the execution of the project.

The safety of the community members were also kept in mind with barracking that was placed to keep the public out of the construction areas, while ducts have been installed across driveways into public facilities to ensure they can operate with the minimum possible disruption.

“We apologise for any inconvenience to residents, however, disruptions such as these are an unavoidable symptom of creating a more reliable distribution network for years to come,” Sonnenberg said.

According to residents and businesses in the area they were informed of the project beforehand, and are happy that the interuption over the last few months was kept to a minimum

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