The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is set to commence with the reconstruction of a section of Langverwacht Road between Amandel and Zevenwacht Link roads in Kuils River. A section covering a distance of approximately 1,3 km will be turned into a dual carriageway. Read more below:
The dualling project is scheduled to commence in early February 2018 and is envisaged to take 24 months to complete, subject to all permits and contractual documentation being in place, suitable weather conditions, and no other unforeseen delays.
Langverwacht Road has a rural cross-section. An average of 1 650 vehicles travel along this road in the peak-hour periods on weekdays. Thus, the upgrade of Langverwacht Road is needed to assist with traffic alleviation, in particular since the opening in December 2016 of Saxdowns Road where it crosses the Bottelary River in Kuils River.
The roadworks will entail:
· the construction of traffic circles at the intersections of Langverwacht and Saxdowns Roads and Langverwacht Road and Jagters Street
· construction of a median for separating the carriageways, and installation of streetlights along the carriageway along the median
· enlarging of the existing traffic circle at the intersection at Langverwacht Road/Fisant and Kloof Streets; and
· the upgrading of the intersection at Langverwacht and Zevenwacht Link Roads to accommodate the widened road. This intersection will remain signalised.
First, a new carriageway will be constructed on the southern side of the existing road, and thereafter the existing road will be reconstructed. The work will be done in phases as determined by the contractor’s work methodology.
The existing cycle/walkway has been incorporated into the road design and will be positioned away from the road as a shared cycle/walkway. A new sidewalk will be constructed on the northern side which will be positioned next to the road.
Commuters will be able to use the existing Langverwacht Road during the construction period but some road deviations, stop-go controls, and temporary road closures will be in effect as and when required.
‘This project is implemented with the commuters in mind and speaks to our commitment to reducing traffic congestion in our city. Commuters can look forward to improved traffic flow and spending less time on the road when this project is completed. It will serve a dual purpose. On the one hand motorists will enjoy a smoother driving experience and, on the other, pedestrians will be safe on the new walkways,’ said Councillor Brett Herron, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development.
‘No major disruptions are anticipated. However, upgrading of existing road infrastructure always has an impact on road users. We will make all reasonable attempts to minimise the impact of the construction activities on the road users. In view of the benefit that will be realised when the project has been completed, we appeal to commuters to please be patient during the construction period,’ said Councillor Anda Ntsodo, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East.
In view of the current drought crisis, water will be extracted from a newly constructed borehole for the construction activities.