The City of Cape Town is making steady progress on the widening and upgrading of Broadway Boulevard in Somerset West into a dual carriageway between Beach Road and Main Road. It is one of the City’s main congestion alleviation projects currently underway.

Construction teams have been working hard over the past couple of months. As it stands, work on the bulk water supply has been completed and approximately 80% of the underground electric cabling has been installed.

Traffic has been successfully switched over onto temporary lanes between Beach Road and De Beers Avenue. Traffic deviations will remain underway until October 2019. The groundwork for more than half of the road widening between Ou Paardevlei Road and De Beers Avenue has been successfully laid, allowing work to continue.

The widening of De Beers Avenue to Paardevlei is almost complete and the foundations of the two pedestrian bridges on Broadway Boulevard have been successfully laid.

Work completed as of 28 October 2019:

  • Foundations and substructures for two pedestrian bridges adjacent to the existing road bridge
  • Approximately 1500 meters of single carriageway
  • Various services and related works

Construction work resumed in January 2020 after it was suspended over the 2019 holiday season. The project will now enter a night-time phase work during February, March and April.

Residents and motorists should be aware that regular lane switching will take place to accommodate the construction work. We advise all road users to exercise extra caution as the project nears completion, which is projected for September 2020.

START DATE: January 2019

PLANNED END DATE: September 2020

PROJECT STATUS: Underway

INVESTMENT: R243 million

SCOPE OF WORK

This project is a partnership between the City, Paardevlei Properties and the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) and includes:

  • An additional lane, in both directions, will be constructed on Broadway Boulevard from Beach Road to the De Beers (R44/N2) interchange.
  • The project will see the construction of a 2m wide sidewalk and two 2.5m wide bridges for pedestrians and cyclists over the N2 overpass. Construction of these bridges will require the temporary closure of the N2 over specific weekends, however, traffic will be diverted via the off and on ramps. The public will be notified once the dates have been confirmed.
  • The existing street lighting will be upgraded, and additional lighting will be added. The existing lampposts will be re-used and fitted with LED lamps. The current streetlights may not be operational during construction as underground cables will be relocated.
  • The existing bulk water mains will be maintained during this time which may result in some areas experiencing low water pressure. Every effort will be made to minimise the possibility of water outages.
  • The works include the construction, modification and extension of existing stormwater infrastructure.
  • Broadway Boulevard carries significant volumes of traffic and therefore the current number of lanes will remain operational during the construction period although traffic will be redirected. The road surface will be milled down resulting in uneven road surface while the construction is underway.
  • The intersections and traffic signals at Beach Road, De Beers Avenue, Old Paardevlei Road and the N2 on- and off-ramps will be upgraded. The intersection upgrades will take place at night over a few weekends to minimise the negative impact on traffic. Night work is anticipated to commence in March 2020.