Building the road to development

Plans to upgrade Kommetjie Road are steaming ahead.

The detail design is complete and the tender for construction for phase one, phase two and the upgrade of the Silvermine/Ou Kaapse Weg intersection is being adjudicated, says subcouncil 19 chairperson Felicity Purchase. Officials estimate a contractor will be on site next month, if there are no holdups, Purchase says. The construction period is anticipated to be 30 months, and the budget for the R200m contract has been secured over the next three years.

Mayco member for transport, Brett Herron, previously told People’s Post that there was severe congestion along Kommetjie Main Road and Ou Kaapse Weg during peak periods (“Roads upgraded for more traffic”, 1 September 2015).

“This is primarily caused by the lack of capacity along the route and in particular at the Kommetjie Main Road/Capri Drive signalised intersection, as well as along Ou Kaapse Weg between Main Road in Kommetjie and Noordhoek Road,” he says.

“The road network capacity upgrade will significantly improve the traffic flow along these roads during the peak-hour periods.”

The planned residential developments along Kommetjie Main Road and expansions to the Long Beach commercial area will also increase traffic on these routes during the peak-hour periods, Heron explains.

The first and second phase is planned for June next year and will see Kommetjie Main Road between Ou Kaapse Weg and a point just west of Capri Drive change to a four-lane dual carriageway with shoulders or cycle­ways and sidewalks for pedestrians.

The second phase will include the upgrade of Ou Kaapse Weg between Kommetjie Main Road and a point just north of Noordhoek Road to a four-lane dual carriageway. The third phase will see Kommetjie Main Road between Capri Drive and Houmoed Avenue upgraded to a similar cross-section as in the first phase, Herron says.

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