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Over the past two years, the City’s Transport Directorate has implemented projects in Cape Town’s central area that are aimed at improving the safety of residents and motorists. The central district includes areas such as Atlantis, Blaauwberg, Milnerton and Killarney.
‘This Transport Month, we are focusing on the projects that were implemented in each of the City’s Transport districts across Cape Town. That way, our residents will get to see that we are strategic in how we plan and implement transport projects that are aimed at alleviating traffic congestion and promotes the safety of our residents and motorists while they are moving around the city,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.
Two major projects that were implemented in the central area to assist with alleviating congestion include the Bosmansdam Road and the Malibongwe/Sandown Road upgrade projects.
‘This project has now been completed and both vehicular and pedestrian traffic are able to traverse this road more easily. The bottlenecks that existed for years, where vehicles merged into a single lane, have been eliminated with the completion of the dual lanes in both directions. This reduces delays for those who are travelling during peak-hour in particular,’ said Alderman Purchase.
The pedestrians now also have a surfaced non-motorised transport route of between 2m to 3m wide for walking. This walkway links with Koeberg Road and Montague Drive.
‘I want to thank members of the public for their patience during the construction period. I understand it was frustrating, but well worth the wait,’ said Alderman Purchase.
Malibongwe Drive/Sandown Road
The construction has progressed well. It is envisaged that the last outstanding section of Sandown Road between Sunningdale Drive and Braselton Road will be open to vehicular traffic by the end of October 2020. Minor work will be completed by mid-November 2020.
The new dualled roadway between Wood Drive and Potsdam Road have improved traffic patterns and congestion along this section of the network. Work on the Loop Ramp, where there is a lane closure, is still causing delays and queues during the peak period.
However, the construction of the Loop Ramp should be completed early in 2021, where after the positive impact of the improvement to the road network will be visible.
The construction of the first phase of the Public Transport Interchange at the corner of Potsdam and Dumani Roads in Dunoon commenced in 2019.
The project was scheduled to take about 24 months to complete, but it suffered many challenges including Alert Level 5 and 4 of the national lockdown when no construction work was allowed. The project is now progressing well, despite these initial delays.
The work entails:
So far, the following has been completed:
‘One of our priorities is to improve public transport across the city because a large number of our residents rely on minibus-taxis to commute. Thus, taxi ranks, like Dunoon, play a vital role as nodes within the transport network and are a hive of activity with operators, commuters, and informal traders. We want to make these facilities as safe and comfortable as possible to give commuters a pleasant experience, while they either wait in the queue or engage with the traders,’ said Alderman Purchase.
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