R20m to pave way for road upgrades

2015-11-24 06:00
Workers busy completing one of the raised intersections in Heideveld Road. The entire road improvement budget of R20 million has been approved by the City of Cape Town. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

Workers busy completing one of the raised intersections in Heideveld Road. The entire road improvement budget of R20 million has been approved by the City of Cape Town. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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R20m will be spent on road upgrades and traffic-calming measures in ward 44 over the next financial year.

Heideveld Road, Postern Road and Postern Road 2, Rooiberg Crescent, Ascention Road, Vlottenberg Road, Colesberg Circle, Kammieskroon Road, WaaihookRoad, Waaihoek Road 2 and 3, Sentinel Road and Sentinel Road 2 and 3 as well as Witberg Road have all been earmarked for a major facelift.

The project, which was commissioned by the City of Cape Town’s infrastructure division within the department of transport, will run from the beginning of next month and is projected to conclude near the same time next year.

Residents and commuters should expect minor disruptions in their travel routes in and out of the area during the period of the upgrade as work on the project will take place during business hours throughout the work week.

“The value of the community participation goal for labour and enterprises is equal to R1 635 161.70 (about 10% of the budget) and R817 580.85 (about 5%) respectively,” says Anthony Moses, ward 44 councillor.

The reconstruction of existing concrete roads and sidewalks are among the developments which will be delivered to the area and will form part of the upgrade.

People’s Post has reported on the implementation of traffic-calming measures in the area. Subsequently, the prospective implementation of further measures have been submitted and approved by the City.

However, Moses’s request for additional parking around Heideveld Primary School, which has been added to the construction drawings, were resubmitted and, as a result, is currently pending approval.

Local jobsThe project also aims to create jobs in the area, which will be sourced from the subcouncil database at Fezeka and Athlone satellite offices, says Moses.

“The contractor will interview all workers before issuing contracts. We will require at least 50 candidates to choose from,” he says.

The vacant community liasion officer position has been advertised and will undergo a similar interviewing process, to be determined by the contractors.

He says that those who are successful in involving themselves in the project need to bring a certified copy of their South African identity document and must have a valid bank account when employed.

“We are in the process of acquiring the unoccupied area next to the library on the corner of Ascension Road and Heideveld Road which would be an ideal location for the contractor’s camp site. This is to avoid the overburdening of heavy-duty vehicles within the area. It simply means that we want to have a proper healthy and safety plan in place that promotes a safe community during the construction.”

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