Upgrade to ease traffic

A R140-million project to convert Sandown Road and Malibongwe Drive into a dual carriageway will ease traffic congestion in the area, says the City of Cape Town.

Work started in October last year and is expected to be finished by May 2020 if all goes to plan.

The project is a joint venture by the City of Cape Town, provincial government, and Milnerton Estates and Garden Cities developers. The City’s portion is about R66 million.

The project will dual Sandown Road from Sunningdale Drive to Malibongwe Drive (M12), build a bridge over the railway line, dual Malibongwe Drive (M12) from Sandown Road to the N7/M12 interchange, upgrade the N7/Malibongwe Drive (M12) Potsdam interchange with a loop on-ramp in the north-eastern quadrant, and relocate a sewer pipeline and water main.

Mayoral committee member for transport, Felicity Purchase, said: “Once the project is completed, the flow of traffic along Sandown Road will be improved. That said, we also need our residents to be smarter about how they commute and when. Flexible working hours, and working remotely as opposed to going into the office every day of the week where possible, will go a long way to ease the burden.”

Ms Purchase said three MyCiTi bus stops would be closed during the construction period and there would be intermittent closures of side streets leading into Sandown Road.