The extension of the stretch of road at Onverwacht from Simon Street to Sir Lowry’s Pass Road is expected to be completed by the end of next year.
The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) recently started with the extension of Onverwacht Road and the dualling of Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road in Somerset West.
Approximately 1,5 km of Onverwacht Road will be extended from Simon Street across the N2/T2 to Sir Lowry’s Pass Road while a 0,5 km stretch of Sir Lowry’s Pass Road will be converted into a dual carriageway from Bizweni Avenue up to Onverwacht Road.
The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of December 2019, if all goes according to plan.
According to the Transport and Urban Development Authority, more road infrastructure is required to accommodate the increase in traffic volumes due to the area expanding in the form of new developments.
The road upgrade project includes the construction of a traffic circle at the intersection of Onverwacht Road and Chris Nissen Park, the construction of a new single carriageway from Chris Nissen Park to Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road which will link up with Alpine Crescent, the dualling of Onverwacht Road between the N2/T2 and Chris Nissen Park, the dualling of Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road from Bizweni Road to Onverwacht Road, the dualling of Onverwacht Road between N2/T2 and Simon Street and upgrading of signals and the widening of a portion of the road (N2) to create an extra left-turn lane onto Onverwacht Road.
Anda Ntsodo, the City’s Mayoral Committee member for Area East, said apart from Fernwood residents, “it will have minimal affect on other residents and businesses as most of the work is off the roadworks and along vacant properties”.
“There will be no road closures, but traffic will be diverted to ensure there’s an easy flow. However, motorists can use alternate routes via Reunion Drive, N2/T2, Hlati Drive, depending on the direction they are driving.”
Brett Herron, the City’s Mayoral Committee member for Transport and Urban Development, added: “The road will be user-friendly and less congested because it will offer easy access in and out the area. As part of the upgrades, we are also building sidewalks which will help improve the safety of our streets for both pedestrians and motorists. Most importantly, these road upgrades will help to alleviate traffic congestion in this area.”
Meanwhile roadworks at the intersection of Altena Road and Broadway Boulevard which was meant to be completed by February, was put on halt due to an unforeseen financial difficulty. Responding to a letter from a frustrated resident, an official from Herron’s office said “funds intended for this section were perforce diverted to another section of the Broadway upgrading near Somerset Mall.”
“Thus the section in question had to be delayed pending provision of funding in the following financial year’s budget (i.e. in this July 2018 to June 2019 financial year).
“That funding is now available and design and procurement of contractors has proceeded.
“This procurement process takes three to six months and thus the anticipated date for contractors to start on site is 1 March 2019,” the email reads.
Surfacing work is expected to be carried out during September.
Questions have been raised regarding the upgrade of the railway bridge which was said to be expanded to accommodate two lanes on both side, but according to the response from Herron’s office, “the intention is to build a second bridge alongside the existing one. Each of the two bridges will carry a carriageway”.
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