The City of Cape Town is commencing with the dualling of Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg in Noordhoek in the Far South. The construction of the new lanes will affect traffic flow in the area, and commuters are advised to take this into account as the City is exploring solutions to alleviate the impact on road users. Read more below:
Preparations are underway for the construction of additional lanes along Kommetjie Road from the intersection with Ou Kaapse Weg to Capri Drive; and for the construction of additional lanes along Ou Kaapse Weg from the intersection with Noordhoek Main Road to the Glencairn Expressway.
The existing lanes along Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg will be temporarily narrowed to create additional space on the shoulders of the roads where the new lanes will be built.
‘The capacity of Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg will remain the same while we are constructing the new lanes. Road users will still have the same number of lanes available for commuting. However, these lanes will be narrower and as a result the traffic will move slower along these sections. Similarly, commuters should expect longer waiting times at the intersections of Ou Kaapse Weg and Buller Louw Boulevard, at Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg, and at Kommetjie Road and Capri Drive. I also want to caution motorists to be aware of cyclists and pedestrians,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.
The construction of the additional lanes will take approximately 20 months, pending any unforeseen challenges or delays.
‘We are well aware of the impact that this project has on road users and local residents. We are trying our best to limit the effect, but roadworks are disruptive by nature. At this stage we are exploring a number of solutions such as the possibility of appointing points men at the busiest intersections during the peak hour traffic periods to assist with traffic control; as well as the possibility to create temporary bypasses in the adjacent neighbourhood of Sunnydale so that commuters will have alternative routes to and from Noordhoek and Kommetjie,’ said Councillor Herron.
The proposed solutions will be discussed during the next community liaison meeting at the King of Kings Baptist Church along Ou Kaapse Weg which is scheduled for 17:30 on Monday 26 March 2018.
‘I advise local residents and affected parties to attend this meeting so that we can work together on finding solutions that can bring relief while this project is ongoing. We will be working along these roads for at least another 24 months. We must, therefore, explore all available alternatives that can assist us in limiting the impact on traffic and road users,’ said Councillor Herron.
The current work entails the building of approximately 3 km of new roads, as well as new sidewalks for pedestrians.
‘Apart from the road construction, we will also relocate and upgrade the underground services such as water mains, electric cabling, and stormwater infrastructure. Some of the work will be done at night to reduce the impact on the flow of traffic where these services cross roadways. The first crossing of a roadway that will be done at night will take place in April, and we are busy acquiring the necessary approvals for this to happen,’ said Councillor Herron.
The contractor has already installed signage informing road users about the lane changes in the Noordhoek area, inclusive of Sunnydale and Sun Valley. Motorists and cyclists must note that the layout and the road markings will change over the next two weeks to accommodate the construction works. Road users are urged to please adhere to the traffic accommodation signage when using the affected roads to ensure the safety of fellow road users and construction workers.