Pave way forward

2017-02-21 06:00

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Walkers and runners will have to use a new route around Rocklands Bay in Sea Point for the next year while the sea-beaten promenade there is fixed.

The Sea Point promenade has undergone major repair works over the past five years. The next stage of this long-term project entails the rehabilitation of the sea wall at Rocklands Bay and that section of the promenade.

The sea wall between Sea Point and Mouille Point was constructed in phases, beginning in the early 1920s, with completion at Mouille Point in around 1940. Due to the age of the sea wall, the City of Cape Town started with a major rehabilitation project in 2012 to protect this extremely popular public space.

“The purpose of the sea wall is to protect the promenade, the public open spaces next to the sea wall and the private properties in this area from tidal surges and flooding during storms. This investment in the rehabilitation of the sea wall is therefore pivotal in ensuring the safety of public and private property in the years to come,” says Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development.

The rehabilitation of the sea wall and the promenade is being undertaken in stages and is currently in the second phase, which will cost about R32m. The next part of the second phase entails the sections of the sea wall on either side of Rocklands Bay which are now nearly 100 years old.

“The protective granite facing used along these sections has deteriorated over time, exposing the wall to heavy ocean swells. The rehabilitation works will add at least another 50 years to the wall’s life cycle. The purpose of the works is to strengthen the sea wall, to extend its longevity and to improve the overall aesthetics by getting rid of the patchwork of the emergency repairs that were carried out over the years,” says ­Herron.

These sections of the sea wall cover a distance of 340m between Fort and Hall roads.

The promenade next to Rocklands Bay will also be upgraded with new paving to replace the current surface which has deteriorated over time. The concrete pavers to be used are specifically designed and manufactured to withstand the extreme conditions at the sea wall.

The public will not have access to the affected sections of the sea wall along Rocklands Bay and the promenade for the duration of the works.

The works along this section should be completed by April next year, says Herron. “In an effort to minimise the inconvenience to visitors, we will provide a paved pedestrian and cycle bypass from the promenade to the sidewalk on Beach Road.”

A temporary construction site camp will be established on the grassy area next to the promenade opposite the Beach and Marine roads intersection.

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