The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority, in collaboration with the Richmond Park Development Company, recently completed a project in Bothasig where Plattekloof Road was upgraded into a dual carriageway to alleviate traffic congestion. Initially estimated at R100 million, the costs for the two-year project were reduced to R80 million through good project planning. Read more below:
The dualling project, which took two years to complete, commenced in April 2016 and was completed by the end of May 2018.
The City initially budgeted approximately R100 million for the project, however, it was completed under budget with a R20 million savings due to the unused contingency budget set aside for unforeseen complications, which brought the project cost down to approximately R80 million.
The project was implemented in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which puts the customer at the centre of service delivery and prioritises the implementation of projects targeted at addressing traffic congestion.
The project to turn Plattekloof Road into a dual carriageway was also implemented as part of the conditions of approval for the new Richmond Business Park development situated between the N7 freeway and De Grendel.
The roadworks started with the building of the new carriageway south of Plattekloof Road followed by the refurbishment of the existing Plattekloof Road.
The intersections with Vryburger Avenue, Bosmansdam Road and Welgemeend Street were also upgraded to suit the new road network, and to ensure road safety of those turning into and out of the dual carriageway.
The project also included new sidewalks next to the existing road and along the new carriageway. Furthermore, the road was widened with shoulders to enable cyclists to ride in a safe environment.
The project was carried out in three phases:
The first phase commenced at the intersection with Tygerberg Valley Road. Contractors constructed the new dual carriageway south of the existing Plattekloof Road, all the way to the intersection with Bosmansdam Road, covering a distance of about 2,2 km
The second phase of the construction of the new carriageway covered the section between Bosmansdam Road and Gert van Rooyen Avenue, covering a distance of approximately 1,2 km
The third and final phase entailed the rehabilitation of the existing Plattekloof Road and only commenced after the new carriageway was completed
‘I am very pleased that we have finally completed the construction work of this very important artery which goes all the way from the N7 freeway in the west to the N1 freeway in the east. The new dual carriageway provides motorists with much-needed relief by alleviating traffic in this area. Also, with the provision of safer sidewalks for pedestrians, and room within the shoulders of the road for cyclists, the safety of all road users has been improved,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.
‘A huge benefit to taxpayers and all residents is that the project has been completed hugely under budget and within the set timeframes. These are tremendous accomplishments given that most infrastructure projects are usually delayed by unforeseen circumstances or challenges. On this note, I want to thank all of those who were involved in this project, and I want to thank the residents for their patience during the construction period,’ said Councillor Herron.