Road plan to ease traffic congestion

The City of Cape Town and the provincial government are working on upgrades along the N7 corridor, including two new bridge underpasses.

A City Cape Town programme to ease congestion is intended to bring some relief to Blaauwberg by turning Plattekloof Road into a dual carriageway, and a Milnerton Road is earmarked for the next upgrade.

In December 2015, the City committed to spend R750 million over five years on road projects to tackle some of the worst traffic congestion.

In April last year, a City study estimated there was a R5 billion backlog in road projects across Cape Town.

The study found Blaauwberg was one of the congestion hot spots.

Last month, the Plattekloof Road upgrade between Gert van Rooyen and De Grendel avenues in Bothasig was completed – one of five projects that have been finished as part of the congestion-relief programme (“Plattekloof carriageway upgrades come in R20 million under budget”, Tabletalk, June 13).

The City says that R481 million has been budgeted over the next three years for congestion-relief projects.

The money has been allocated to six road projects now under construction, one being the dualling of Bosmansdam Road between Montague Drive and Koeberg Road.

“We will need an ongoing 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,” said mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, Brett Herron.

He said the provincial government had also made “significant investments” in improvements along the N1 and N2 and was also planning upgrades along the N7.

Work is being done on the N7 in preparation for the Dunoon housing extension planned for Ananndale farm north of Richwood (“Plan for Dunoon underpass,” Tabletalk, May 31).

An existing agricultural underpass will be turned into a pedestrian subway, linking Dunoon to the future development. Two more underpasses will be built later.

Upgrading the N7 underpass was a joint project by the City and province, said Mr Herron.