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The City of Cape Town’s Transport Directorate will within a week commence with stabilising the median slopes along Philip Kgosana Drive, an important access route to and from the CBD. Traffic flow will be affected and residents and road users are kindly advised to expect delays.
The project to stabilise the slopes will start on Tuesday, 1 June 2021. Given the specialised and complicated nature of the work, it is anticipated that the project will be completed only by the end of November, if all goes as planned.
Work will take place on weekdays from 09:00 to 15:00; and on Saturdays from 08:00 to 16:00. Night work is not planned at this stage, but if needed, this will take place between 20:00 and 04:00; and on Sundays for 24 hours.
One of the outbound lanes will be closed to traffic while work is ongoing.
Flag personnel will be on duty to assist and signage will be in place, but the City recommends that road users consider using alternative routes as traffic flow will be impacted during the afternoon peak hour period in particular.
Philip Kgosana Drive is a dual carriageway between Hospital Bend and Roeland Street in the CBD. The road winds along the higher slopes of Table Mountain with spectacular views of the mountain, Lion’s Head, the city bowl, and Atlantic. Scenic as it is, the location of the road makes it prone to erosion and rock falls, particularly during the rainy season.
All-in-all, the sections to be secured cover a distance of one kilometre, and the cost of the project amounts to approximately R5 million. It forms part of the City’s routine maintenance programme that aims to prolong the longevity of Cape Town’s road network and to improve general road safety.
The methodology used to stabilise the slopes on the median between the outbound and inbound lanes is highly specialised. Steel mesh layers will be installed to keep the rocks and soil in place, and this will require drilling and the installation of rock anchors. Given the complicated nature of the work, we anticipate that it will take about six months to stabilise the slopes, pending any unforeseen delays.
The City is well aware that the work and lane closure will cause inconvenience and congestion. However, it is of utmost importance to stabilise the slopes. This is in the interest of the safety of all who travel along this road.
Road users are kindly requested to be patient and to support the project by following the instructions from the flag personnel and to abide by the signage.
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