Road to be improved

2015-06-16 06:01
The next phase of a road improvement project is set to start on parts of Strandfontein Road by the end of the month. The project is estimated at close to R270m and should be completed by February 2017. 

Samantha Lee

The next phase of a road improvement project is set to start on parts of Strandfontein Road by the end of the month. The project is estimated at close to R270m and should be completed by February 2017. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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Close to R270m will be spent to upgrade a stretch of road between Strandfontein and Ottery over the next few months.

The previous part of the road revamp project was completed in 2013 after the development of 5000 low-cost housing units close to Ottery.

Construction work on this second phase started in early 2012 and was completed in September 2013 at a cost of R86m.

If all goes well, the work on the next, third phase of the Strandfontein Road revamp should start within the next three weeks and should be completed by February 2017.

Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee member for Transport for Cape Town, says work will affect traffic and that the impact and proposed alternative routes will be announced closer to the commencement of the project.

“Phase three of the upgrading of Strandfontein Road includes the road between Govan Mbeki Road and New Ottery Road and the section of the road between 5th Avenue and Emerald Way which are to be upgraded to four lanes,” Herron says.

This work includes the following:

. The extension of the surfaced construction of Schaapkraal Road from 11th Avenue to 18th Avenue in order to provide access for those properties which will no longer be able to access Strandfontein Road directly.

. The tarring of gravel service roads.

. Closing off some of the existing direct connections onto Strandfontein Road.

. New intersections will be constructed for the existing and new roads into the Pelican Park development on the western side of Strandfontein Road.

. The rehabilitation of the existing Strandfontein Road between Emerald Way and Spine Road.

. The provision of new special lanes for walking and cycling on both sides of the new road.

The project will take about 20 months to complete, says Herron.

The R263m project will also see the employment of locals through the expanded public works programme, Herron confirms.

“The contractor will use local labour that is sourced from the subcouncil database. Residents must please approach their local subcouncils to register their names on the database if they want to be part of the labour force to be utilised for this project,” he says.

According to ward councillor Elton Jansen a contractor had already been appointed for a project on the opposite side of the road.

“The works include the resurfacing of Strandfontein Road from Spine Road to Baden Powell Drive as well as the Strandfontein Road and Baden Powell Drive intersection,” he says.

The road works will take place from 08:00 to 16:00 for 15 working days.

“The nature of the work entails the replacement of the road surface. Please take note that the lanes will be closed in one direction for construction purposes and that the flow of traffic will be impeded. A stop-and-go system will be put in place,” he says.V

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