City unviels R171m ‘decongestion’ plan

2016-09-27 06:00

At a recent public information session, the City of Cape Town unveiled its plans to spend R171m to address congestion in the far south.

Interested and affected parties were invited to attend the information session on Wednesday 21 September.

The City will commence with the Kommetjie Road Project in Kommetjie in the far south within the next four to five weeks, if all goes as planned.

The Kommetjie Road Project is part of the City’s Congestion Management Programme which has prioritised Kommetjie as one of the areas in need of intervention. The project will take place over a period of 30 months, pending any unforeseen challenges, explains Mayco member for transport, Brett Herron. “The peak-hour period on roads leading to and from Kommetjie, Sun Valley, Sunnydale, Masiphumelele, Capri, Imhoff’s Gift and Ocean View exceeds three hours. We will also provide infrastructure for the high number of pedestrians and cyclists in the area as well as queue-jump lanes for public transport vehicles such as minibus taxis and buses, to benefit public transport users,” says Herron.

The roadworks will cover a distance of approximately 3.5 km, with Kommetjie Road upgraded to a four-lane dual carriageway between Capri Drive and Corsair Way.

The project includes the upgrading and replacement of underground water mains, the upgrading of existing and construction of new stormwater infrastructure, and the relocation of electrical cables and ducting for fibre-optic cables.

“We will also plant over 500 young trees, beautify the intersections with water-wise plants, and install benches where appropriate. New street lights will be installed along Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg,” says Herron.

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