Signs lead the way

2018-04-17 06:00

Finding your way along the Sea Point Promenade will soon become easier thanks to an ongoing upgrade.

Under the upgrade of the promenade, a system of signage has been commissioned and is expected to be installed in the upcoming financial year.

Details of the signage were revealed at a recent ward 54 committee meeting.

Directional signage will indicate the direction to nearby landmarks and warning signs at beaches with maps and regulatory signage indicating what activities are allowed­.

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development, says there is a need for new signage as some of the existing signs are faded, rusted or damaged. “Some of the signs also contradict each other, specifically around the issue of bicycles being allowed on the promenade. The main aim is to create one signage system for the promenade, reduce clutter (by combining signs) and update the information on the signs.”

There are also plans for signs warning walkers and cyclists to share the pathway. “We are still finalising the wording for this sign, but it will make people aware that the promenade is a shared space between bicycles and pedestrians and that no motorised vehicles, e.g. motorbikes, motorised bicycles and scooters, are allowed on the promenade,” says Herron.

There will also be interpretive signs installed. These will be sandblasted onto blue ceramic tiles and installed on the existing structures, at points of interest.

Joggers will also be able to make use of distance markers embedded in concrete along the pathway.

Herron adds: “The following themes are addressed: lighthouses, the Mouille Point Battery, shipwrecks, the Sea Point railway and stations, pump stations and outfalls, seawall construction, Three Anchor Bay’s batteries and forts, beaches and pools, architecture and a brief overview of Sea Point’s history.”

The design of the signs will be similar to the signage that was installed around the Cape Town Stadium and the Green Point Park precinct.

The upgrade of the Sea Point Promenade is currently in its second phase. The nine-year-long project covers the rehabilitation of the promenade along Granger Bay, Mouille Point and Sea Point.

The promenade reconstruction project will rehabilitate the seawall and repair storm damage along the Sea Point Promenade and at the Sea Point Pavilion swimming pool.

The first phase of the refurbishment of the seawall and the promenade between Three Anchor Bay and the Mouille Point Lighthouse was completed in 2015.

The second phase of this project is currently underway and consists of two portions that will be upgraded. This work has been expanded to include the repairing of storm damage to sections of the seawall at the Sea Point Pavilion and between Rocklands Bay and Three Anchor Bay.

The rehabilitation of a section of the seawall at Rocklands is currently underway and is scheduled to be completed in May. Repair work to the Sea Point Pavilion swimming pool caused by storm damage should be completed by the end of June. The rehabilitation of the deflector wall between Hall and Norfolk roads is expected to be completed in November.

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