Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, will suspend the stop/go system on Main Road in Kalk Bay by close of business on Friday 16 September 2016, if all goes as planned.
Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, has made exceptional progress thus far with the third and final phase of the Main Road project in the Southern Peninsula.
‘We are happy to announce that we have now reached a point where we can continue with the project without the need for the permanent stop/go system along Main Road. This means that TCT will be able to accommodate two-way traffic while we are continuing with the roadworks along Main Road between the Kalk Bay Harbour entrance and Clovelly Road,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.
The stop/go system was in place to allow TCT to replace the time-worn underground services with new underground water mains, sewer pipes, stormwater pipes, street lighting, low-voltage cables, and fibre-optic infrastructure.
‘This section of Main Road between the Kalk Bay Harbour entrance and Woolley’s Pool is the most difficult to rehabilitate in terms of traffic management, given that Boyes Drive cannot be used as a bypass. Furthermore, it was impossible to install the new underground services without restricting the traffic to a single lane. We also had to keep the existing bulk water supply pipe and the domestic supply main in operation during the installation of the new water pipes,’ said Councillor Herron.
TCT has budgeted approximately R304 million for the rehabilitation of Main Road which covers a distance of 4,5 km from the intersection with Atlantic Road in Muizenberg, through St James, and to the intersection with Clovelly Road just past Kalk Bay.
TCT will, over the next 14 months or so, undertake the following works:
• Reconstruct Main Road between the Kalk Bay Harbour entrance and Clovelly Road
• Make provision for parallel parking along the seaside
• Create footways for pedestrians on both the mountain- and sea-sides all the way from Woolley’s Pool to the bridge: the walkway on the sea side will be between 3 m and 5 m wide to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists, and the footway on the mountain-side will be approximately 1,5 m wide
• Refurbish the steps that lead to Woolley’s Pool on the other side of the railway line
‘The traffic delays will be significantly reduced once we cease the stop/go system. However, road users should still expect delays because they will be driving through a construction site with workers and machinery next to the traffic. The speed limit along this section remains 40 km/h. I sincerely thank the residents and visitors for their patience and support thus far, and request all to please keep on working with us in the months ahead,’ said Councilor Herron.
Apart from the installation of the new underground services, the reinforced concrete retaining wall above the old Clovelly railway station has also been completed.
‘We have created a garden with indigenous plants between the retaining wall and Main Road which is visible from Fish Hoek beach and as you approach Kalk Bay from Clovelly Road. The retaining wall is still to be fitted with a handrail, as well as with a glass barrier along a short section where Metrorail’s overhead electricity cables are in close proximity to the footway. These features were carefully chosen so that we do not impede on the views of False Bay, Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek,’ said Councillor Herron.
The retaining wall extends for a distance of nearly 500 m from Woolley’s Pool to Clovelly, with a reinforced crash barrier.
‘The wall has been dressed with sandstone and includes buttresses at 5 m intervals to create shadow lines. We are currently working on the stone-cladding (using the excavated stones from the site) to make the wall more aesthetically pleasing,’ said Councillor Herron.
TCT is making every effort to complete the project as soon as possible.
‘At this stage it is anticipated that the project will be completed ahead of schedule and well before the summer holidays in December 2017. Once completed, our residents will benefit greatly from the rehabilitated Main Road which we estimate will last at least another 30 years without the need for major maintenance,’ said Councillor Herron.