Converting Broadway Boulevard into a dual carriageway between Beach and Main Road is one of the City of Cape Town’s main congestion alleviation projects, now underway. This two-and-a-half year project is making good progress and will improve travel times on this important access route to the N2 and Gordon’s Bay. The project is being done in phases to limit the inconvenience to road users. It will also upgrade seven intersections on the Boulevard with new traffic signalling equipment. Universally accessible walkways, street lighting on both sides of the dual carriageway and cycle lanes in the shoulders of the outer lanes will also improve the travel experience for all road users and make it safer.

START DATE: 2019

PLANNED END DATE: 2020

PROJECT STATUS: In progress

INVESTMENT: R102 million

Work

The City of Cape Town has commenced with the upgrade and widening of Broadway Boulevard in Somerset West. The construction work will stretch from Beach Road through to de Beers (R44/N2) Interchange. This R117m project is expected be completed within 18 months, weather permitting.

The roadworks will be implemented in a phased approach in order to minimise disruption to the traffic flow and to keep congestion as low as possible. Once completed, the upgrades will bring much-needed relief from the heavy traffic congestion currently experienced in this area.

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

Additional lanes

An additional lane, in both directions, will be constructed on Broadway Boulevard from Beach Road to the De Beers (R44/N2) interchange.

Pedestrian and Cycle Facilities

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.

New Street Lighting

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.

Water Supply

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.

Stormwater Infrastructure

The works include the construction, modification and extension of existing stormwater infrastructure.

Traffic Accommodation

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.

Intersection Upgrades

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.

Temporary road closures may be called for due to unforeseen circumstances. All road-users are urged to adhere to road signs, be patient and exercise caution during this time.

For enquiries please email transport.info@capetown.gov.za.

Road users are urged to be cautious while work is underway.
• Lower your speed
• Pay attention to road signs
• Be vigilant when approaching the roadworks
• Look out for uneven road surfaces
• Take note of darkened streets
• Be mindful of the construction workers
• Factor in longer travel time

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