Officers to reduce congestion

2018-03-27 06:01

Traffic officers are being deployed to assist with traffic congestion along Kommetjie Road, as construction work on the road continues.

Preparations are underway for the construction of additional lanes along Kommetjie Road from the intersection with Ou Kaapse Weg to Capri Drive, and for the construction of additional lanes along Ou Kaapse Weg from the intersection with Noordhoek Main Road to the Glencairn Expressway. The existing lanes along Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg will be temporarily narrowed to create additional space on the shoulders of the roads where the new lanes will be built, explains Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development.

But in the meantime, a dozen traffic officers have been deployed to reduce congestion during peak periods, confirms subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase. Around six officers will assist with traffic management during both the morning and afternoon peak periods, she says.

Herron adds: “At present the City of Cape Town’s Traffic Services provide officers as and when they have the resources available. This is an additional and temporary service to assist with congestion at the busiest intersections during the peak hour traffic periods in the vicinity of where the roadworks are currently taking place. I want to remind road users, and the local residents, that the deployment of officers is not a permanent arrangement and is dependent on the availability of resources on any given day.”

Despite the roadworks, the capacity of Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg will remain the same while the City is constructing the new lanes, Herron says.

The construction of the additional lanes will take around 20 months, pending any unforeseen challenges or delays.

“We are well aware of the impact that this project has on road users and local residents. We are trying our best to limit the effect, but roadworks are disruptive by nature. At this stage we are exploring a number of solutions such as the possibility of creating temporary bypasses in the adjacent neighbourhood of Sunnydale so that commuters will have alternative routes to and from Noordhoek and Kommetjie.”

The current work entails the building of around three kilometres of new roads, as well as new sidewalks for pedestrians and the upgrade of the underground services such as water mains, electric cabling and stormwater infrastructure.

Road users are urged to adhere to the traffic accommodation signage when using the affected roads to ensure the safety of fellow road users and construction workers.

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