Road upgrades back on track

2016-02-16 06:00
The road upgrade project in Heideveld is back in full swing. Ascension Road is being re-levelled to construct new roadside curbs. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

The road upgrade project in Heideveld is back in full swing. Ascension Road is being re-levelled to construct new roadside curbs. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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Road upgrades in Heideveld are gathering pace following the resumption of work after a break at the end of last year.

Anthony Moses, ward 44 councillor, says the project is progressing very well, with the contractor on site, having resumed construction on the roads.

People’s Post reported previously that R20m will be spent on road upgrades and traffic-calming measures in the area over the next financial year (“R20m for road upgrades”, 17 November 2015).

Heideveld Road, Postern Road and Postern Road 2, Rooiberg Crescent, Ascension Road, Vlottenberg Road, Colesberg Circle, Kammieskroon Road, Waaihoek Road, Waai­hoek Road 2 and 3, Sentinel Road and Sentinel Road 2 and 3, as well as Witberg Road, are undergoing major facelifts.

Moses says there were a few early hiccups in the project.

“There were certain issues where people needed to have driveways where the curb needed to be dropped. We have explained to certain community members what is the process for applying for a dropped curb, because it is not in the tender for the current project.”

Moses suggests that residents submit an application for driveway curbs to be levelled to the road, with application forms available at Ledger House in Athlone and Media House in the city centre.

Moses says the ward applied to have 29 traffic-calming measures instituted in the upgrade, but only 19 were approved. These are mainly focused in and around public spaces like churches, community centres, libraries and schools.

He was encouraged by the community’s involvement in terms of providing help with the project.

“We have taken on about half of the local labour [available], which now stands at 25 people from the area – mostly people who are in the affected area and on the City of Cape Town’s database.

“On Monday, another 15 people started with their induction training before they can go on site. Then by next week we will have them on site.”

One of those workers is Mugidein Barnes, who is also Heideveld neighbourhood watch’s representative on the community police forum. He is excited about the developments taking place.

“We have done some research and we are quite excited about the upgrading of the roads, because it has been something that we have been fighting for for a long time now and finally something is happening.

“The excitement is also around job creation, because we have a high rate of unemployment in our area and all the events which are coming into Heideveld now are creating jobs for our people.”

He says they are trying to register most of the unemployed people in the area on the City’s database and have a target of 300 more people by the end of the year.

“The more people who are going to get jobs, the better it will be for our community. Job creation prevents crime,” adds Barnes.

Meanwhile, some levels of ground, especially in Ascension Road, were not correct, which necessitated that the engineers carry out assessments. The curbing that was previously placed has been taken out and has to be redone to the correct levels. This is especially important in winter when rainy conditions might impact on houses.

A few community members have allegedly stolen construction material from the various sites.

“We have caught some of them; we have got them on camera and we are watching them continuously. We have the neighbourhood watch involved and the matter is still under investigation.

“That is the challenge we are faced with, because even if there is stock lying on the ground people think they can just have it as they please. The simple point for me is that you do not take from that type of stock, otherwise it has legal implications,” Moses says.

He is grateful to the neighbourhood watch for paying close attention to these incidents and bringing it to his attention.

Moses says the companies involved in the construction will also start getting involved in various community projects to help improve conditions in Heideveld.

“We have asked the contractor to come up with some sort of social development programme while based at the facility. They are not obliged to do it, but basically we are asking them for a measure of good gesture to the community.”

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