The South African Institute of Civil Engineering (SAICE) last week presented the Regional Transport Engineering Divisional Project Award to the Blaauwberg and Potsdam Roads Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) Project. This achievement follows a string of other awards recognising the excellence of the MyCiTi service.

The MyCiTi infrastructure along Blaauwberg and Potsdam Roads was last Thursday presented with the 2014 SAICE Regional Award for Technical Excellence in Civil Engineering, against strong competition from a number of worthy projects in the Western Cape.

This section of the MyCiTi network links the areas of Dunoon, Killarney and Table View with the city bowl, Camps Bay and Sea Point, and involved upgrading the existing Potsdam and Blaauwberg Roads, construction of a new carriageway and bus lane, signalising all of the intersections along the road to facilitate bus operations, and upgrading the footway network along the road.

"The development of MyCiTi infrastructure along this route has been an exciting journey. As this was one of the first areas to welcome the service, there was more chance of running into unforeseen challenges. Our own staff, in partnership with HHO Africa – the infrastructure engineers – met these challenges head on, ensuring that the inconvenience to the public was minimal, and that the affected communities were able to participate meaningfully in the project. As such, it is a fitting tribute that they are recognised in this way," said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

The project is benefitting the communities it serves by offering residents a safe, reliable, affordable and accessible public transport service with strategic linkages to economic and recreational centres. The system also provides a sustainable and environmentally conscious transport alternative, while serving as a catalyst for economic growth by facilitating tourism and connecting previously isolated areas of the city.

"As this is such an important vehicle for economic growth, it is essential that the infrastructure is built to last. We are delighted that the engineering acumen of HHO has been recognised in this way, as the infrastructure is the foundation of what will make MyCiTi a reliable transport service, and therefore solidify its long-term sustainability," said Councillor Herron.