Cape Town's roads are the City's largest asset, valued at an estimated R91.8 billion. Comprising 11 000 km, the majority of the City's roads require maintenance and more investment than is currently available. One of the major issues facing TCT and he City of Cape Town is in relation to the ever-increasing concern with deteriorating road infrastructure.
Approximately 150 km of freeway are co-managed by the City with national and provincial government. This infrastructure is monitored as part of the Freeway Management System (FMS), with more than 200 cameras and variable message signs for immediate communication with motorists. The FMS is managed on a 24 hour basis via the Traffic Management Centre (TMC).
The City's Transport Management Centre (TMC) in Goodwood has been operational since 2010. It manages incidents, collects and disseminates traffic information and coordinates law enforcement on all public roads. The real time surveillance provided by the TMC enables a multi-agency response, efficiently coordinated at one location, resulting in much shorter response times in the event of accidents or other incidents that impact on public safety.
Traffic management in the City is supported by 1 500 signalised intersections and 355 signalised pedestrian crossings. The majority of these are also managed at the Transport Management Centre (TMC). All traffic lights in the City of Cape Town have LED technology which has introduced efficiencies in operations as well as ensured that Cape Town's traffic lights have a 98.9% operational record - the best in the country.
TCT embarked on a process in 2012 to ensure determine the acceptable standard of Category 4 & 5 roads (residential streets). As funding becomes available residential areas will be densified and the roads will be upgraded to the identified standard. The overall aim of the this programme is to ensure that there will ultimately be a uniform road network that can be maintained in accordance with a fully functional lifecycle asset management system. TCT is rolling out two projects under the banner.
1. The Concrete Roads Project
The areas of Gugulethu, Bonteheuwel, Manenberg and Hanover Park had poorly constructed concrete roads, with little to no stormwater infrastructure, no sidewalks and badly intersectioned streets. The Concrete Roads Project was started in 2012 in these areas to rehabilitate the infrastructure and get it to the acceptable TCT standard. So far over R160 million has been spent on a project which should reach its conclusion in 3-4 years time.
2. The Mayoral Redress Project
A total of R20 million was assigned in the 2014/15 financial year to the Mayoral Redress initiative. The following projects are being rolled out.
Other major infrastructure projects
1. Camps Bay Drive
2. Clovelly Main Road
3. Strand Street/Adderley Street intersection
4. Road rehabilitations