Engineering Project Provides Traffic Flow Relief
To Build|Volume 11 / Issue 1 - March 2021
Finally handed back to the City of Cape Town by the contractors mid-last year, the Kommetjie Road upgrade in the city’s far southern suburbs took four years to complete.
Gareth Griffiths

Speaking on behalf of the City, Alderman Felicity Purchase, the Mayoral Committee Member for Transport advised that the project was one of the City’s congestion management interventions.

“The investment in this project amounts to approximately R256 million and will assist with congestion relief for road users in the far South,” she said.

In summary, the Kommetjie Road Project entailed roadworks covering a distance of approximately 3.5km. It included, among others:

• The upgrade of Kommetjie Road (M65) to a four-lane dual-carriageway between Capri Drive and Corsair Way and the rehabilitation of the existing roadway;

• The upgrade of Ou Kaapse Weg (M6) to a four-lane dual-carriageway between Noordhoek Main Road and Kommetjie Road and the rehabilitation of the existing roadway;

• The upgrade of the intersection at Ou Kaapse Weg and Silvermine Road to improve the sight distance for road users; and

• The upgrade of the four signalised intersections with additional turning lanes to improve the capacity and flow of traffic at Kommetjie Road and Capri Drive, Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg, Ou Kaapse Weg and Buller Louw Boulevard, and at Ou Kaapse Weg and Noordhoek Main Road.

“Normally, existing bulk road infrastructure is upgraded to mitigate the impact of additional traffic as a condition of approval of a new development and the associated development contribution is either pooled (for small developments) for the area or spent on bulk infrastructure to improve the transport network capacity in the vicinity of the development,” says Mark Pinder, the Head: Conceptual Design & Project Planning for the City of Cape Town.

“Unfortunately, the development contributions pooled in the corridor over time were piecemeal and insufficient to undertake a major project of this nature.

Further, as a result of existing congestion along the corridor, new development applications were not being supported until the road infrastructure capacity was improved. The City’s Congestion Relief Programme provided the opportunity and the funding to undertake the necessary capacity improvements in the corridor to allow new developments to proceed,” he explained.

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