Rehab is half done with wall going up

2015-07-28 15:38
A new retaining wall above the old Clovelly station will be finished by the end of the year.

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A new retaining wall above the old Clovelly station will be finished by the end of the year. PHOTO: bruce sutherland

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The halfway mark on the multimillion rand rehabilitation of Main Road, one of the Southern Peninsula’s most scenic access roads, has been reached.

Apart from the construction of a new retaining wall above the old Clovelly station, new underground water services are also being installed.

The third and final phase of the Main Road rehabilitation project will be finished in the second half of 2017, with the investment in the new road surface, retaining wall at Clovelly and underground services amounting to about R304m.

The new road surface covers a distance of approximately 4.5km from the intersection with Atlantic Road in Muizenberg to the intersection with Clovelly Road just past Kalk Bay.

The work coincides with the installation of new underground sewer pipes, water mains, stormwater pipes and low-voltage cables, as well as street lights.

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, says: “We are currently building a new retaining wall above the railway line, partly to serve as a support structure for Main Road above and otherwise to make it possible for us to widen Main Road to such an extent that motorists can parallel park along the seaside and to provide for pedestrian footways.

“Once finished, the retaining wall will extend for a distance of nearly 500m from Woolley’s tidal pool to Clovelly. At this stage it is anticipated that the retaining structure will be finished by the end of this year,” says Herron.

The 100-year-old sewer pipes are being replaced along Main Road and behind the new retaining wall. The 50-year-old existing water main is also being replaced with a 700mm ductile iron pipe. This main will be connected to the new pump station at Clovelly, securing the water supply to residents in the far south for the next 30 to 40 years

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