The City of Cape Town has, after consultation with resident organisations and business owners from Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek, agreed to open Main Road to two-way traffic for an extended period during the summer holidays.
The stop/go system currently in place along Main Road, between the Kalk Bay Harbour entrance and Woolley’s Pool, will be temporarily suspended as from Tuesday 15 December 2015 until Sunday 24 January 2016.
‘The initial plan was to reinstate the stop/go system along this section of Main Road after the builders’ holiday on Monday 11 January 2016. The roadworks along the section of Main Road between the Kalk Bay Harbour and Woolley’s Pool have, however, been postponed by a further two weeks at the request of our resident organisations and local business owners from the Southern Peninsula. This, in effect, means that Main Road will be open to two-way traffic for a period of at least six weeks during December 2015 and January 2016. The stop/go system will be reinstated on 25 January 2016. Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, is fully aware of the inconvenience caused by the roadworks and I am confident that this temporary break will make a trip along this scenic route much more pleasant during the festive season,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.
In addition, the Transport for Cape Town project team and contractors involved with this phase of the rehabilitation project are investigating a number of options which may enable the City to open this section of Main Road to two-way traffic for a prolonged period during the summer.
‘We will be able to provide more details once we have concluded this investigation,’ said Councillor Herron.
At this stage it is anticipated that the project will be completed just before the summer holidays in December 2017.
‘We are making every effort to complete the project on time, juggling the needs of the local residents while at the same time providing first-class infrastructure to our residents and road users. The rehabilitation of Main Road – one of the Southern Peninsula’s most scenic and important access roads – amounts to approximately R304 million. I am glad to say we have now passed the halfway mark, with the construction of a new retaining wall above the old Clovelly station and the installation of new underground water mains, sewer pipes, stormwater pipes, street lighting and low-voltage cables currently taking place,’ said Councillor Herron.
The Main Road rehabilitation project covers a distance of approximately 4,5 km from the intersection with Atlantic Road in Muizenberg to the intersection with Clovelly Road just past Kalk Bay. The northern section of the current phase (Phase 3) of the rehabilitation project, between Atlantic Road and Casa Labia, was completed on 16 October 2015, in time for the Muizenberg Festival.
‘We have stated on numerous occasions that the section of Main Road between the Kalk Bay Harbour entrance and Woolley’s Pool would be the most difficult to rehabilitate in terms of traffic management, given that Boyes Drive cannot be used as a by-pass. Unfortunately, along this section of Main Road, the existing vital services such as water mains and sewer pipes are located in positions under the roadway, making the installation of the new services impossible without restricting the traffic to a single lane. It is also important to note that we have to keep both the existing bulk water supply pipe and the domestic supply main in operation during the installation of the new water pipes,’ said Councillor Herron.
A major challenge is to find a suitable route for the additional 700 mm diameter and 315 mm diameter mains while maintaining normal supply to consumers. Another challenge is the reconstruction of the section of Main Road between Woolley’s Pool and Clovelly Road while at the same time maintaining two-way traffic.
‘Once completed, the rehabilitated road structure and underground services will last another 30 years, without the need for major maintenance. Main Road is one of only three access routes to the far south and it currently carries about 20 000 vehicles per day. Although the six week-long break in the stop/go system will alleviate the worst of the traffic delays that are currently experienced, residents should still expect some delays due to the influx of visitors during the holiday period,’ said Councillor Herron.