Road repairs underway

2018-11-20 06:01

Roadworks have commenced in Strandfontein and should be completed by early next month.

The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) has started the two roadworks projects in Strandfontein to see upgrades to Lusitania Road, Birkenhead Drive, Watussi Drive and Clyde Road.

In addition, roadworks will be implemented on Dennegeur Avenue between Trafalgar Drive and Welgelegen Avenue. The projects will cost a combined R2.3m.

The projects started yesterday (Monday 19 November) and it is anticipated that they should be completed by Friday 7 December.

Work will take place from 08:00 to 17:00 on weekdays, weather permitting.

The projects are being implemented as part of the City’s routine road maintenance in order to extend the lifespan of road infrastructure by upgrading the pavements and resealing the road surfaces.

Pavements are designed to last at least 20 to 25 years, but with no routine maintenance, they would fall into disrepair long before this. The work entails repairing the existing cracks and patches, as well as the removal of ageing bitumen, damaged surfacing, rutting and unevenness. The affected surfaces will be sealed by the overlaying of a new asphalt layer.

Traffic will be managed as follows:

. Half-width road closures will be implemented and traffic will be accommodated by means of stop/go controls.

. Traffic moving in both directions will be affected and flag personnel will regulate traffic in one direction at a time.

. If half-width road closures are impossible due to safety concerns, temporary road closures will be in place and, where detours are required, detour signage will be in place to direct motorists.

. Parked vehicles that obstruct the resurfacing operation will be moved or towed away.

“Roadworks always come with some level of inconvenience but I want to encourage residents and road users to look at the intended outcome, which is to ensure that our roads are durable and safe to use. By resurfacing, the pavement lifespan will be extended and improved riding quality would be achieved. Also, forming of potholes and surfacing failures, which could have a negative impact on the lower lying pavement layers, are mitigated by this process,” says Felicity Purchase Mayco, member for transport and urban development.

“I also want to warn residents and road users that there will be a lot of dust emanating from these works and that bitumen splashes on vehicle bodies are difficult to remove. I therefore urge users to work with us and comply with the traffic arrangements of the appointed contractor. Residents and road users should also exercise extra caution when travelling around the area. Where possible, I urge them to use alternative routes.”

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