Road works nears end

2015-07-14 06:00
The current roadworks project on Park Avenue has been extended for a few more weeks. Park Avenue will be completely rehabilitated between Wespoort Drive and Dennegeur Avenue.

SAmantha Lee

The current roadworks project on Park Avenue has been extended for a few more weeks. Park Avenue will be completely rehabilitated between Wespoort Drive and Dennegeur Avenue. PHOTO: SAmantha Lee

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After heavy rains put a dampener on progress, Westridge residents will have to put up with road works on Park Avenue for a little while longer.

The R3m road rehabilitation project was meant to be completed at the end of last month but has been extended for a few more weeks.

Ward councillor Eddie Andrews says use of the road has already resumed but delays was out of their control. “The project commenced on 3 June and completion date was set for 30 June, we have passed that due to a weather delay,” he says.

At the moment only one lane is closed at the one end of the road, while the exit to Dagbreek Avenue has been closed to traffic completely. A 1km stretch of road between Dagbreek Avenue and Wespoort Drive is being rehabilitated.

Andrews says the work is near completion. “The traffic calming measures – including speed humps – were installed and roadmarkings have been done. There are some minor cleaning up and some small items to be completed and then the project is finished,” he says.

Both lanes will be done, Andrews confirms.

The much-needed rehabilitation has been funded by the City of Cape Town.

“Major cracking of the existing pavement structure resulted in continuous patching since 2012. An investigation proposed the rehabilitation to improve the structural and functional efficiency of the pavement,” Andrews says.

He adds that the road serves as a public transport route for both buses and taxis.

The road has also experienced large quantities of traffic as it serves two primary schools and links up to a high school.

Drivers on some of the other major routes in Mitchell’s Plain can also expect a smoother drive as other major roads with high traffic loads are in line for rehabilitation soon.

These include sections of Baden Powell Drive and Swartklip Road.

There is also a proposal to see work done on intersections such as the AZ Berman Drive and Spine Road connection and the one at Spine Road and Katdoring. Andrews says these were only submitted for consideration and are subject to funding approval.


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