The City of Cape Town will be undertaking major roadworks along Camps Bay Drive this winter. The road will be closed for general traffic as from Monday, 20 April 2015.

Residents and visitors should expect major traffic delays along the alternatives routes to and from Camps Bay. Camps Bay Drive has not been refurbished for the past 30 years. This major upgrade will significantly improve the road condition and safety for road users and cannot be postponed any longer.

‘The roadworks will unfortunately cause significant delays and inconvenience. I therefore want to urge road users to familiarise themselves with the alternative routes well in advance. About 14 000 vehicles travel along Camps Bay Drive every day and commuters will have to be accommodated on other roads to enter or exit Camps Bay. It is therefore very important to expect delays and to take this into account when planning your journey,’ says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, will spend approximately R20 million on this project that is to be concluded by the end of September this year if everything goes according to plan. The project entails the following: Camps Bay Drive will be widened by 1,4 metres on the Table Mountain side between Geneva Drive and Rontree Avenue. The centre line of Camps Bay Drive will be shifted by 0,7 metres, effectively widening each lane by 0,7 metres.

The road surface will be improved by removing the top surface (25 cm) and replacing it with recycled material and asphalt. Some of the sharp corners along Camps Bay Drive will be slackened to allow for the safe passage of buses in opposite directions. There will be no widening of the road between Rontree Avenue and Houghton Road, but the road surface will be rehabilitated along this part of Camps Bay Drive. The damaged culvert on Victoria Road in Bakoven will be replaced and this will require a stop-and-go controlled traffic accommodation at this section of the road. As stated above, Camps Bay Drive will be closed for general traffic for the duration of this project.

Stop-and-go control points will be in operation between Geneva Drive and Prima Avenue and Houghton Drive and Rontree Avenue to give access to residents who live in the vicinity of the roadworks. Commuters can make use of Geneva Drive as an alternative route to enter or exit Camps Bay. ‘Residents will have first-hand experience of the benefits once this project is completed. Not only will Camps Bay Drive be wider, but the road surface will be smooth and the bends will not be nearly as sharp as is currently the case – making the road safer for all of us. I want to urge road users to be patient and to please obey the signboards during the construction period. We can alleviate the worst inconvenience if we plan ahead,’ says Councillor Herron.