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The Kommetjie Road Project, one of the City’s congestion management interventions, is complete after nearly four years. The investment in this project amounts to approximately R256 million and will assist with congestion relief for road users in the Far South.
The Kommetjie Road Project commenced in October 2016 and was completed last month at an investment of approximately R256 million.
This project was undertaken to relieve traffic congestion in the Far South and to meet the growing demand from public transport and private vehicles, and to provide safe facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
All-in-all the Kommetjie Road Project entailed roadworks covering a distance of approximately 3,5 km. It included:
The projected increase in capacity in terms of vehicular traffic, thanks to the upgrades, are as follows:
The total tonnage of asphalt utilised for this project was 30 399 tons.
All-in-all the new road markings cover a distance of 50,5 km inclusive of both white and yellow marking. Streetlights have been installed along the new roads as well, making these routes much safer at night and in poor weather conditions.
A very important aspect of the project was the creation of safe facilities for the many pedestrians and cyclists from this area. There are now walkways for pedestrians along Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg as many residents from this area walk to their destinations.
The new roads have shoulders wide enough to accommodate cyclists and there is signage on the surfaces to guide cyclists through the busier intersections, and to make other road users aware of cyclists.
Local residents and subcontractors also benefitted from this project:
I encourage residents travelling through this area to take note of the new landscaping.
Red flowering gum trees, Corymbia (Eucalyptus) ficifolia were planted to replace the gum trees that were removed to make way for the wider roads. The species is suited to the climate and will provide shade and wind protection; it is not a listed alien invasive tree and can withstand the harsh growing environment.
Some of the plants road users will notice along the roads and at the islands are:
I want to thank residents from this area in particular for their patience over the past three and a half years. Some of you attended the community meetings without fail, and assisted with problem solving solutions while we were in the midst of the project.
We have worked together and succeeded in completing a major infrastructure project. This would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment from our residents, road users in general, officials, and the contractor.
The improvements are visible for all to see. I trust the locals will experience great satisfaction for enduring the inconvenience that went with the roadworks while the project was ongoing. All of us will reap the benefits of this investment for years to come, whether we travel on foot, on a bicycle, in public transport vehicles, or private cars.
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