The City of Cape Town’s Transport Directorate is implementing recovery plans to address the backlog brought on by the COVID-19 national lockdown and winter rains. Blaauwberg and Clifton are next on the list, with roadworks commencing on 7 December 2020 in both areas.

The work in Blaauwberg includes the resurfacing of Blaauwberg Service Road between Marine Circle and Otto du Plessis Drive, and is scheduled to take five days to complete, pending unforeseen delays and inclement weather.

In Clifton, the work entails temporary repairs and stabilisation of the vertical concrete service structure at 13 Victoria Road. Work is scheduled to take two weeks to complete pending unforeseen delays and weather conditions.

Work will take place between 08:00 and 17:00, Monday to Saturday.

Traffic moving in both directions will be affected and flag personnel will regulate traffic in one direction at a time through a stop-and-go system.

Work areas will be demarcated to regulate traffic flow, as well as pedestrians; vehicles may be parked in driveways as usual, if and when access is available. No congestion is expected, but it is recommended that road users consider alternative routes.

‘Our road maintenance programme was delayed due to the national lockdown as roadworks were not considered as an essential service on Alert Level 5. Thus, no work could be done during that time and this resulted in a backlog. I am happy with the way the roadworks are progressing in the different areas since we were allowed to have 100% staff capacity. Our road network is one of the city’s biggest assets, it ensures that people and goods can move around. Thus, we are committed to doing regular maintenance so that we can prolong the longevity of our roads. I also want to appeal to residents to be patient and work with us by adhering to the displayed signage around the construction sites while we are working on improving their roads,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.