The City of Cape Town’s flagship intervention to relieve congestion in the Kommetjie area is progressing well with the City placing asphalt layers on the newly constructed lanes along Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg.

The project, which is part of the City’s Congestion Management Programme, is due for completion by the end of 2019 at a total cost of R194 million.

According to the City it expects approximately 4 000 tons of asphalt to be placed by the start of the builders’ holiday on 14 December 2018.

Visible progress

“Residents from Kommetjie and Noordhoek would’ve noticed that we’ve started placing the asphalt layers on the newly constructed lanes along Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg last week. This marks an important milestone as the groundwork from the past 24 months or so is finally becoming visible,” explains Felicity Purchase, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development.

Purchase adds that while the project is making good time motorists will not be allowed to use any of the new lanes as yet. “These will be barricaded during the festive season and the contractor will do regular inspections to ensure compliance. The traffic will be shifted to the new lanes only once we’re ready to start with the rehabilitation of the existing lanes a few months into 2019,”she continues.

Preparations for the rehabilitation of the existing lanes will begin once the contractor returns from the builders’ holiday.

Scope of works for the Kommetjie Road Project

  • Upgrading Kommetjie Road (M65) to a four-lane dual-carriageway between Capri Drive and Corsair Way, and the rehabilitation of the existing roadway.
  • Upgrading Ou Kaapse Weg (M6) to a four-lane dual-carriageway between Noordhoek Main Road and Kommetjie Road, and the rehabilitation of the existing roadway.
  • Upgrading the intersection at Ou Kaapse Weg and Silvermine Road to improve the sight distance for road users.
  • Upgrading four signalised intersections with additional turning lanes to improve the capacity and flow of traffic at Kommetjie Road and Capri Drive; Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg; Ou Kaapse Weg and Buller Louw Boulevard; and at Ou Kaapse Weg and Noordhoek Main Road.