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City’s transport gains in the South<span><p>‘This Transport Month, we are focusing on the projects that were implemented in each of the City’s Transport districts across Cape Town so residents can have an idea of the progress right across the metro. In the Southern District some of our key projects over the last year include the Kommetjie and Jan Smuts Road project both of which play a key role in our plans to alleviate traffic congestion in the South.’</p><p>‘I am also pleased with how commuters and taxi operators in Masi are enjoying the newly built Masiphumelele Public Transport Interchange facility we completed last year and with the great quality of work the team delivered on with the upgrade of Ottery Road.’</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:802px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘Most recently I also had the opportunity to visit the project team in Heideveld where they are making great progress with the Non-Motorised Transport project for the area, something the Heideveld community can really look forward to,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.</p><p><strong>Heideveld </strong></p><p>The City’s Transport Directorate commenced with the rehabilitation of various concrete roads and footways in Heideveld in May 2020 and has since made great progress on this Non-Motorised Transport project. Work is expected to be completed in May 2021. </p><p>The work entails the rehabilitation of old concrete roads including the widening of some, and the construction of footways for safe passage for pedestrians. The purpose of the project is the upgrade and rehabilitation of five concrete roads namely Paulsberg Road; Zuurberg Road; Ouberg Road; Hogsback Road and Bailey Crescent</p><p>‘With the construction of footways, pedestrians who are regarded as the most vulnerable of road users, will be safer as they walk to and from their destinations,’ said Alderman Felicity. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:986px;" /> </figure></span><span><p> </p><p><strong>Jan Smuts</strong></p><p>The City of Cape Town has made significant progress on the Jan Smuts Drive upgrade project. This major road infrastructure project commenced in 2018 and is nearing completion. Jan Smuts Drive is being converted into a dual carriageway between the intersections of Turfhall Road (M24) and Govan Mbeki Road (M9), inclusive of two red bus lanes in the median. This projects forms part of the roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi bus service. <br>This section of Jan Smuts Drive covers a distance of approximately two kilometres, and is one of the key access routes to the M5 highway and Jakes Gerwel Drive from this area. The City has invested  R195 million into the construction work of this 32-month project which commenced in 2018.</p><p>The northbound carriageway of the road has been completed and the southbound carriageway is still in progress. The project team is currently working on the laying of red concrete on the bus lane is planned to take place in and the bitumen on the traffic lane scheduled to be done in December 2020.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><p><br>In addition to converting Jan Smuts Drive into a dual carriageway, the City is also upgrading the two busiest intersections: Jan Smuts Drive with Turfhall Road and Jan Smuts Drive with Blomvlei Road; and creating a three metre-wide walking lane on both sides of the road for pedestrians and cyclists with the aim to improve pedestrian movement and safety along this busy route.</p><p>Residents can expect to see the project progress quite rapidly now that the earthworks are complete. Due to the delays caused by the COVID-19 lockdown period, the projected completion date was moved to March 2021.</p><p>The new BRT lanes along Jan Smuts Drive form part of the incremental roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service and will be of benefit to commuters travelling  between the Cape Flats, Wynberg and Claremont area in future.</p><p><strong>The Kommetjie Road Project </strong></p><p>This project is one of the City’s congestion management interventions, and was recently this year after nearly four years. The investment in this project amounts to approximately R256 million and will assist with congestion relief for road users in the Far South. A very important aspect of the project was the creation of safe facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. There are now walkways for pedestrians along Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg as many residents from this area walk to their destinations.</p><p>All-in-all the Kommetjie Road Project entailed roadworks covering a distance of approximately 3,5 km. 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.</p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /></figure></span><p><strong>Masiphumelele PTI</strong></p><p>The City developed a new minibus-taxi facility in Masiphumelele in the Far South in March 2019. This beautiful facility is located on the corner of Kommetjie and Pokela Roads and has made commuting to and from Masiphumelele a lot more convenient and pleasant for residents. The City invested approximately R13,8 million on this new taxi rank which is used by approximately 3 300 commuters and 60 minibus-taxis every day.</p><p><strong>Ottery Road</strong></p><p>The City of Cape Town successfully completed its Ottery Road Rehabilitation Project in Philippi this year. Commuters have been enjoying the new rehabilitated road for a few months now. In total, the City invested R19,2 million including  in the project as these roads provide important links off Jakes Gerwel Drive and Govan Mbeki Drive to the Philippi Horticultural and industrial areas.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> </figure>​​</span>2020-10-24T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#f1734e52-da42-4cfc-a3a5-3514093d3513;L0|#0f1734e52-da42-4cfc-a3a5-3514093d3513|roads;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#c0dc15f7-2175-4e65-b0e9-926f9c3a8602;L0|#0c0dc15f7-2175-4e65-b0e9-926f9c3a8602|Lansdowne10

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