Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, is spending approximately R30 million on this project, which will significantly improve the road condition and safety for road users.
‘At the time of the Camps Bay Drive closure, about 14 000 vehicles travelled along this scenic route every day. Given that Camps Bay Drive has to carry a high volume of traffic and has not seen any major rehabilitation or reconstruction for more than 30 years, it was essential to undertake the roadworks. This important artery is now also required to carry significantly more bus traffic as a MyCiTi feeder route between the city, Camps Bay and Hout Bay and the slackening of the sharp corners along Camps Bay Drive is thus part of this project to allow for the safe passage of buses in opposite directions in future,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.
Camps Bay Drive has been closed to general traffic since 20 April 2015 and will, if all goes according to plan, be opened before the end of November 2015.
‘We said in April this year that the project would be concluded by the end of September, pending any unforeseen circumstances. Unfortunately we have encountered a number of unexpected challenges that have delayed the project by at least another nine weeks to the end of November 2015. As much as we regret the inconvenience that is caused by the delay, these factors are beyond the City’s control,’ said Councillor Herron.
TCT has, in the meantime, made provision for residents who live along streets adjacent to Camps Bay Drive to have easier access to and from their houses. Certain sections of the road have been prioritised to provide residents with alternative access routes, thereby giving them the option to avoid the full detour via Geneva Drive should they choose to do so.
The project leader has also been in regular contact with representatives of the local ratepayers association and other interested parties about the progress of the roadworks.
‘The construction teams are working as fast as conditions allow. The major delay to the project is due to the ground conditions that forced us to excavate deeper than was originally planned. This was unavoidable as we needed to ensure that the founding conditions for the road’s upper structure are sound. Furthermore, we came across old and damaged stormwater infrastructure that needed to be repaired. We also had to install additional subsoil drainage to prevent groundwater and rainwater from damaging the road structure. All of these measures were taken in an effort to extend the lifetime of the new road structure and surface and to ensure that we spend our taxpayers’ money in a responsible manner,’ said Councillor Herron.
The bulk of the work between Geneva Drive and Rontree Avenue is on track and progressing well. The section between Rontree Avenue and Houghton Road, however, poses a challenge.
‘We have to re-excavate this section of road due to groundwater seepage. Thereafter, we will add a rock layer to try to stabilise the in-situ material before we can continue with the rest of the work. The details sound very technical, but it is important that residents and visitors understand the challenges we are facing, the subsequent delay, and the effort we are putting in to complete the project as soon as practically possible,’ said Councillor Herron.
All in all, the project entails the following:
- Camps Bay Drive is being widened by 1,4 metres on the Table Mountain side between Geneva Drive and Rontree Avenue,
- The centre line of Camps Bay Drive is being shifted by 0,7 metres, effectively widening each lane by 0,7 metres,
- The road structure is being improved by removing the top surface (25 cm). We are recycling this material at the City’s depot in Ndabeni, adding cement to improve its strength and quality. Thereafter, we use it for the resurfacing of the road, combined with recycled material and asphalt,
- A layer of poor quality material (300 mm) is being excavated as a result of the poor ground condition and replaced with better quality material to ensure sound founding conditions,
- Some of the sharp corners along Camps Bay Drive are being slackened to allow for the safe passage of buses in opposite directions, and
- There is no widening of the road between Rontree Avenue and Houghton Road, but the road structure and surfacing is being rehabilitated along this part of Camps Bay Drive.
As stated above, Camps Bay Drive will remain closed for general traffic for the duration of this project. Stop-and-go control points will remain in operation between Geneva Drive and Prima Avenue and Houghton Road and Rontree Avenue to give access to residents who live in the vicinity of the roadworks.
Commuters can still make use of Geneva Drive as an alternative route to enter or exit Camps Bay.
‘Residents will have first-hand experience of the benefits once this project is completed. Not only will Camps Bay Drive be wider, but the road surface will be smooth and the bends will not be nearly as sharp as has been the case – making the road safer for all of us. I want to thank our residents for their patience these past five months and want to urge them to please obey the signboards during this last stretch of the construction period,’ said Councillor Herron.