Road project progressing smoothly

2018-11-27 06:01
Road project underway.

Road project underway.

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Residents of Fish Hoek and Noordhoek will soon find some relief in traffic congestion in the area in the Far South as roadworks are currently underway.

The City of Cape Town started placing the asphalt layers on the newly constructed lanes along Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg last week.

About 4000 tons of asphalt will be placed by the start of the builders’ holiday on Friday 14 December.

Mayco member for transport and urban development, Felicity Purchase, says the City has made good progress with the Kommetjie Road project, one of their flagship interventions to relieve congestion in the Kommetjie area in the Far South.

Apart from the ongoing improvements to the road infrastructure, local residents have also benefited from temporary work opportunities to the value of over R5m since the start of the project to date.

“This marks an important milestone as the groundwork from the past 24 months or so is finally becoming visible, and hopefully this also gives the locals some satisfaction for enduring the inconvenience that goes with roadworks in general,” says Purchase.

The Kommetjie Road project is part of the City’s Congestion Management Programme and is due for completion by the end of 2019, pending any unforeseen challenges.

The budget for this project is R194m and about R100m has been spent to date.

“Apart from the improvements to the road infrastructure and the congestion relief this project will bring, one of the current and most important benefits is the temporary jobs that have been provided to local residents as part of the contract. Up to 45 local residents are currently employed as temporary workers on this project. In fact, since this project started in October 2016 to date, more than R5.1m has been paid to men and women from the area who have been employed as temporary workers.

“Local subcontractors have also benefited – to date over R2.1m has been spent on the procurement of goods and services from local businesses. One can never overemphasise the boost that comes with R7.2m. Not only is this an injection to the local economy, it also empowers residents with jobs, and with jobs comes dignity,” says Purchase.

“Motorists won’t be allowed to use the new lanes as yet. These will be barricaded during the festive season and the contractor will do regular inspections to ensure compliance. The traffic will be shifted to the new lanes only once we’re ready to start with the rehabilitation of the existing lanes a few months into 2019,” says Purchase.

All-in-all the Kommetjie Road project entails roadworks covering a distance of approximately 3.5km:

. The upgrade of Kommetjie Road (M65) to a four-lane dual carriageway between Capri Drive and Corsair Way, and the rehabilitation of the existing roadway

. The upgrade of Ou Kaapse Weg (M6) to a four-lane dual carriageway between Noordhoek Main Road and Kommetjie Road, and the rehabilitation of the existing roadway

. The upgrade of the intersection at Ou Kaapse Weg and Silvermine Road to improve the sight distance for road users

. The upgrade of the four signalised intersections with additional turning lanes to improve the capacity and flow of traffic at Kommetjie Road and Capri Drive; Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg; Ou Kaapse Weg and Buller Louw Boulevard; and at Ou Kaapse Weg and Noordhoek Main Road

The preparations for the rehabilitation of the existing lanes will commence once the contractor returns from the builders’ holiday­.­

“Part of the project is to create walkways for pedestrians along Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg as many residents from this area can’t afford public transport, and walk to their destinations. The new roads will also have shoulders that are wide enough for cyclists,” says Purchase.

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