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Capacity improvements at Kloofnek and footway addition underway on Signal Hill Road <p>​</p><span><p>‘The footway will accommodate pedestrians who usually walk from the MyCiTi stop at the top of Kloofnek Road to the steps opposite the SANParks office. Once completed, pedestrians will be able to use this footway to a point where they can access the off-street contour path to Lion's Head. This area is extremely popular among tourists, visitors, and local residents and will help to improve the safety of those on foot,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.</p><p>Improvements to assist with traffic flow are also underway on the Camps Bay-bound approach off Kloofnek Road at the intersection of Tafelberg and Signal Hill Roads.</p><p>The current status of the projects is as follows:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">the footway of approximately 160m has been completed. A yield controlled pedestrian crossing will still be added at the crossing point on Signal Hill Road, at the point at which steps lead up to the SANParks contour path to the Lion’s Head parking lot; and</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">the widening along Kloofnek Road on Lion’s Head side is still in progress. It should be noted that the excavation will not extend beyond the relatively narrow strip that is currently visible on the Lion’s Head side of the roadway.<br></div></li></ul> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/signal%20hill1.jpg" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>The current short right-turn lane on Kloofnek Road heading towards Camps Bay does not sufficiently meet the demand. This often results in queuing right-turning road traffic and obstructs the movement of other traffic. </p><p>‘We have investigated possible solutions, and have decided to implement a longer dedicated right-turn lane, along with a separate through lane. This change will necessitate the widening of the road within the existing road reserve so that we can achieve the relevant lane-width requirements. The widening is being implemented within the road reserve and existing cut-slope or embankment on the Lion's Head side of the roadway,’ said Alderman Purchase.</p><p>The lanes will be remarked accordingly.</p><p>‘We have consulted with representatives of both SANParks and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. These stakeholders are supporting the improvements that are now underway,’ said Alderman Purchase.</p><p>In addition to the road widening, some changes to the median islands will be necessary to accommodate the new lane layout, and to improve road safety.</p><p>In future, traffic exiting from ‘The Glen’ and Signal Hill towards Camps Bay, would need to turn left and then proceed right around the median island, in a similar fashion to negotiating a traffic circle. Many vehicles approaching along Kloofnek Road from Camps Bay exceed the posted speed limit. This creates a dangerous situation for those exiting from Tafelberg Road and Signal Hill Road. Thus, the change is deemed necessary and is in the interest of road safety and improved traffic flow.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/signal%20hill2.jpg" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><p>‘I want to appeal to motorists on Kloofnek Road to always anticipate side-road traffic exiting from Tafelberg and Signal Hill Roads, many of whom are visitors unfamiliar to the area. Motorists must approach this point with due caution and I want to remind all that the speed limit at this location is a maximum of 50km/h, under ideal conditions. </p><p>‘These improvements will alleviate congestion and improve pedestrian and vehicular safety at the gateway to one of the five key tourism destinations in the city. It will benefit visitors and daily commuters using this route as we anticipate fewer delays. It couldn’t have come at a better time – the requirement to practice social distancing will be with us for the foreseeable future and the footway will make it possible for pedestrians to give each other a bit more space without stepping on the road,’ said Alderman Purchase. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2020-06-17T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#cb2cc3f0-d78c-4586-9a8f-4f63b9771c0c;L0|#0cb2cc3f0-d78c-4586-9a8f-4f63b9771c0c|Signal Hill;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#64b963e9-b332-43e2-a913-8829ff3d5853;L0|#064b963e9-b332-43e2-a913-8829ff3d5853|road1

 

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