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The City of Cape Town will commence with the extension of Belhar Main Road in August this year. The project will alleviate traffic congestion in Highbury and the surrounding areas, as well as support future developments planned for this region.
The extension of Belhar Main Road is key to expanding the local economy in Kuils River, and will also allow for improved accessibility to and from the area. The City has met with community leaders on Tuesday, 16 July 2019, to discuss the details of the project and will soon host an open day where local residents will have the opportunity to get more information.
‘Traffic congestion in Highbury, and especially on Belhar Main Road has increased significantly over the years. To address this we have decided to provide a link between Highbury Road and Stellendale Road to improve access for residents and local businesses. Once completed Belhar Main Road will allow for more people to enter and leave the area and support the development of the local economy. Also, this project forms part of the City’s efforts to build strategic roads and links to relieve traffic congestion in the worst affected areas in Cape Town,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.
The project will link Highbury Road to the Stellenbosch Arterial by extending Belhar Main Road from Highbury Road up to Stellendale Road in Kuils River. Wards 11 and 19 will be affected. Construction is expected to take up to 20 months, if all goes as planned.
The budget for this project is approximately R49 million.
The new road will cover a distance of 1,45km and will include surfaced sidewalks along the entire length of the road, and four traffic circles. The new road will be constructed as a duelled carriageway from Stellenbosch Arterial to the first traffic circle at Stellendale Road, and thereafter as a single carriageway road.
This project will also provide much needed jobs and skills development to members of the local community. Up to 3% of the project contract value will be spent on temporary work opportunities to residents from the area and a further 2% on attaining the services of local enterprises within these wards. Residents interested in the temporary work opportunities are encouraged to register on the local subcouncil jobseekers database, and local businesses are reminded that they have to tender for sub-contracts once these are being advertised.
The City will host an open day on Monday, 12 August 2019 from 14:00 until 19:00 to inform the community about the details of the project. Residents are advised to attend this session for further information and to ask questions.
Venue for the open day: Western Cape Sport School, Nooiensfontein Road, Kuils River, Cape Town.
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