Much needed repairs and maintenance of footways in Woodstock and Salt River are currently underway. Reconstruction is taking place in Chapel and Francis streets in Woodstock. The City of Cape Town maintenance team is still investigating other footways requiring maintenance around the residential, business and public areas.The project forms part of the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme, (MURP). Felicity Purchase, Mayco member for transport, says: “The project aims to improve approximately two kilometres of footways. The ones we have prioritised for repair are in a dire state and our aim is to address this and to make sure the infrastructure is safe to use, particularly for our city’s most vulnerable.” Residents, motorists and businesses are asked to comply with traffic arrangements during the construction period. “These include flag personnel that will regulate traffic in one direction at a time. Where work protrudes into the road, temporary work areas will be demarcated and vehicles may be parked in the driveways as normal, if and when access is available,” says Purchase. She says the deteriorated surface would be removed and replaced. Purchase says the repairs would require bitumen to ensure that the road is resilient to weather conditions. And she warned that bitumen is difficult to remove from a vehicle’s bodywork. “I therefore ask motorists to exercise caution when moving in and around the construction area. I understand that the construction will come with some inconvenience, but I want to urge residents, motorists and businesses to work with us. All of us will benefit greatly by having pleasant footways that will offer pedestrians a safer, comfortable, and pleasant experience,” explains Purchase.