Plans to prevent Main Road gridlock

2015-05-19 06:00

Kalk Bay Ratepayers’ Association is considering proposals to reduce traffic problems due to the Main Road rehabilitation programme.

The organisation says the next phase of the programme will see construction on Main Road between the harbour and Woolley’s tidal pool, with the road reduced to a one-way for nine months. During this time a stop-and-go system will be in place.

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, explains that the rehabilitation of Main Road is being carried out in two sections, with much of the road in Muizenberg being reconstructed and new water and sewerage pipes being placed under the road.

The section between the Kalk Bay harbour and the Clovelly Road intersection includes reconstruction of the road and minor road alignment improvements.

The construction between the harbour and Wooley’s tidal pool is set to begin once the current roadworks in Muizenberg are completed at the end of June.

However, during a meeting last week, association members raised concerns that a stop-and-go system at the harbour would cause traffic to back up on both Main Road and Boyes Drive, effectively preventing vehicles from accessing Kalk Bay.

The organisation proposed that Boyes Drive be changed to a one-way road, with vehicles travelling towards Kalk Bay.

Traffic coming off Boyes Drive at the intersection of Main Road would then only be allowed to turn into Kalk Bay, and not towards the harbour.

Main Road would remain open to traffic travelling in both directions, according to the proposal.

The third phase of the rehabilitation project is expected to end in January 2017, the new road surface stretching over a distance of approximately 4.5km.

Around R304m will have been spent on all three phases of this project, Herron says, and the new services are expected to cater for the development of the southern peninsula for the next 40 years.

Residents are invited to submit further proposals to the Kalk Bay Ratepayers’ Association, which will be forwarded to the council.V

A community liaison meeting for the project will take place on Monday at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church hall at 42 Main Road, Kalk Bay from 17:30 to 19:00

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