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Cape Town's roads are the City's largest asset, valued at an estimated R91.8 billion. Comprising 11 000 km, the majority of the City's roads require maintenance and more investment than is currently available. Deteriorating road infrastructure is a challenge for the City.
Approximately 150 km of freeway are co-managed by the City with national and provincial government. This infrastructure is monitored as part of the Freeway Management System (FMS), with more than 200 cameras and variable message signs for immediate communication with motorists. The FMS is managed on a 24-hour basis via the Transport Management Centre (TMC).
The TMC in Goodwood has been operational since 2010. It manages incidents, collects and disseminates traffic information, and coordinates law enforcement on all public roads. The real-time surveillance provided by the TMC enables a multi-agency response, efficiently coordinated at one location, resulting in much shorter response times in the event of accidents or other incidents that impact on public safety.
Traffic management in the City is supported by 1 500 signalised intersections and 355 signalised pedestrian crossings. The majority of these are also managed at the TMC. All traffic lights in the City of Cape Town have LED technology which has introduced efficiencies in operations as well as ensured that Cape Town's traffic lights have a 98.9% operational record -- the best in the country.
in 2012 the Transport Directorate embarked on a process to determine the acceptable standard of category 4 and 5 roads (residential streets). As funding becomes available residential areas will be densified and the roads will be upgraded to the identified standard. The overall aim of this programme is to ensure that there will ultimately be a uniform road network that can be maintained in accordance with a fully functional lifecycle asset management system.
Projects include the Concrete Roads project in Gugulethu, Bonteheuwel, Manenberg and Hanover Park where poorly constructed concrete roads, with little to no stormwater infrastructure, no sidewalks and badly intersectioned streets are being rehabilitated. This started in 2012 and over R160 million has been spent on the project so far.
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