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City embarks on construction project to relieve traffic congestion in Durbanville<div>Transport for Cape Town will spend approximately R64 million on the extension of Jip de Jager Drive in Durbanville. This major road construction project is aimed at relieving traffic congestion and making provision for rapid development in the north.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Extension of Jip de Jager Drive</strong></div><div><br></div><div>‘The extension of Jip de Jager Drive in Durbanville is expected to commence within the next two weeks and is part of the City’s Congestion Management Programme that was approved by Council on 10 December 2015,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.</div><div> </div><div>The programme dictates how Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, will spend an additional R750 million over a period of five years for road infrastructure projects to alleviate the major pressure points in the city. </div><div> </div><div>‘The northern section of Jip de Jager Drive currently ends a few hundred metres after the intersection with Van Riebeeckshof Road at the Vineyard Office Estate in Durbanville. We will now embark on construction work to extend Jip de Jager Drive all the way to Racecourse Road, otherwise known as the M13. This construction project is being led by TCT at a cost of approximately R64 million,’ said Councillor Herron.</div><div> </div><div><strong>Phased construction</strong></div><div> </div><div>The construction is divided into two sections:</div><div> </div><div><ul><li>​​The extension of Jip de Jager Drive (south) from the Vineyard Office Estate to the intersection with Tygerberg Valley Road (M31)</li><li>The extension of Jip de Jager Drive (north) from the intersection with Tygerberg Valley Road (M31) to Racecourse Road (M13) </li></ul></div><div>‘The new sections will add an additional 1,7 km to the existing Jip de Jager Drive. Once completed, the new road will alleviate traffic congestion on the other suburban roads in the Durbanville area and cater for the increased demand for road space due to rapid developments to the north,’ said Councillor Herron.</div><div><br></div><div>New traffic signals will be installed at the intersection of Jip de Jager Drive (south) and Tygerberg Valley Road, and at the intersection of Jip de Jager Drive (north) and Racecourse Road.</div><div><br></div><div>‘The new northern and southern sections of Jip de Jager Drive will be a single carriageway. However, the intersections are designed to accommodate a dual carriageway in future,’ said Councillor Herron.</div><div><br></div><div>Apart from a universally accessible walkway and street lighting on one side of the road, the project also provides for cycle lanes on the shoulders of the new sections of Jip de Jager Drive.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Traffic disruptions</strong></div><div><br></div><div>Even though traffic should not be severely affected by the roadworks, TCT anticipates some disruptions along Racecourse Road and Tygerberg Valley Road, but only a few months down the line when the construction has reached an advanced stage. Any lane closures to accommodate the roadworks will be limited to off-peak periods as far as possible.</div><div><br></div><div>‘The construction period is about 14 months, if all goes according to plan. I want to thank residents in advance for their patience during this period. We are aware that the roadworks may cause some inconvenience, but once completed residents and visitors to this area will greatly benefit from this project,’ said Councillor Herron.</div>2016-06-21T22:00:00ZGP0|#e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba;L0|#0e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba|Community news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#1596e104-b1e8-47f6-9db5-263896676e0a;L0|#01596e104-b1e8-47f6-9db5-263896676e0a|subcouncil;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#a33ad8c8-56f3-4de4-b0bd-af95fb899e66;L0|#0a33ad8c8-56f3-4de4-b0bd-af95fb899e66|transport for cape town1


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