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Lengthy road rehab benefits all

The rehabilitation of Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road has been completed.

The project of the City of Cape Town’s Transport Directorate commenced in September 2017 and up to 4 km of road has been rehabilitated over a two-year period.

“The total cost of the project was approximately R72,5 million, but more importantly, the residents and the local economy of the area benefited through the injection of approximately R11,8 million in employment opportunities during the contract,” said Felicty Purchase, Mayoral Committee member for Transport.

“Not only will our residents benefit from the investment in the longevity of our road infrastructure, but local residents also had the opportunity to earn an income.”

Ward councillor Stuart Pringle commented: “I am particularly glad about the traffic calming measures that have been installed, given the number of accidents that have occurred on this stretch of road.”

The project entailed the following measures:. rehabilitation of Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road from the N2 highway to the Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road – a stretch of approximately 1,6 km;. rehabilitating a portion of Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road – a stretch of approximately 2,4 km;. widening a bridge over the Sir Lowry’s River, with new pavements on both sides;. laying new underground stormwater infrastructure to replace the open channels;. constructing new pavements from the N2 into the village on one side of the road, through the village on both sides of the road and from William Sargent Street along Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road to Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road;. improving street lighting;. installing new traffic calming measures, including two new raised intersections, a raised pedestrian crossing with two new speed humps, and a new traffic circle;. improving the level crossing at the railway line;. improving the taxi rank in Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road; and. widening of a portion of Old Sir Lowry Pass Road.

The roadworks were essential because the road was in an extremely poor condition. The bridge over the Sir Lowry’s River was sub-standard and unsafe, particularly for pedestrians.

Numerous pedestrians, including school children, use the road and the pavements to walk through the village. Therefore, improved and new non-motorised transport (NMT) facilities were required for safety reasons.

Also, many motorists use this route as an alternative route into Somerset West and traffic calming was required as a result of high speeds, and the great number of pedestrians using the road.

The stormwater infrastructure was poor with most of the stormwater flowing in open channels, which created potential health hazards. “This flagship project is testament of our commitment to delivering infrastructure projects that help improve the quality of life for poorer communities,” explained Purchase.

“Also key to our service delivery, is the safety of our residents and road users. We are providing safe spaces in more controlled environments for pedestrians to cross the roads.”

The traffic calming measures will assist with pedestrian safety. “I also want to appeal to our road users to be mindful of each other when travelling on our roads,” Purchase said.

“Obey the traffic rules and signals to ensure that we all get to equally enjoy the benefits provided by the new roads.”

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