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Five new roads have been added to Cape Town’s road network since the City Council endorsed the Congestion Management Programme in December 2015. Another six important road links are being constructed, and 16 are in the planning phase to address traffic congestion in the city.
In December 2015 the City committed to spend an additional R750 million over a period of five financial years on road infrastructure projects to alleviate the worst congestion pressure points in Cape Town.
A congestion study prioritised Blaauwberg, Kuils River, and Kommetjie as the worst affected areas. Officials from our Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) subsequently identified missing road network links, or roads that should be turned into dual carriageways to relieve congestion at these hotspots. Other proposed interventions included capacity improvements at busy intersections and interchanges.
‘Five road construction projects – one in the Blaauwberg area, three in Kuils River, and one in Bellville – were completed by May this year. Residents from these areas would have experienced the difference by now, and are benefitting from our investment by spending less time on the road,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.
An amount of R481 million is budgeted for congestion relief projects over the next three financial years, starting on 1 July 2018.
‘The money has been allocated to six road projects that are currently under construction: two in Kuils River; two in Kommetjie; one in Somerset West; and one in the Milnerton area; as well as to another 16 projects that are currently in the planning and design phase,’ said Councillor Herron.
In April 2017 it was estimated that there is a R5 billion backlog in roads infrastructure projects across the city.
‘We will need an on-going financial commitment and will have to incrementally invest in our road infrastructure and the so-called missing links in the road network in order to address this massive backlog. Apart from the City’s investment in congestion relief projects, the Western Cape Provincial Government has also made significant investments in improvements along the N1 and N2 freeways, and is also planning major upgrades along the N7 corridor,’ said Councillor Herron.
The progress report on the City’s Congestion Management Programme served before the TDA transversal committee recently, and the completed projects are as follows:
Another six road construction projects are currently under way:
‘The investment in new road infrastructure will benefit all road users and our local economy as the movement of people is pivotal for optimal productivity and quality of life. As we are adding capacity to the existing road network to provide some form of relief in the severely congested areas of the city, we are also working on establishing an efficient, affordable, extensive and intermodal public transport system. However, we also need our residents to change their commuting patterns by making use of public transport as far as possible, and to try and travel outside of the peak hour periods. In this sense business can contribute by implementing flexible working hours or by allowing employees to work from home, where feasible,’ said Councillor Herron.
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