The Kommetjie Road Project, one of the City’s congestion management interventions, is complete after nearly four years. The investment in this project amounts to approximately R256 million and will assist with congestion relief for road users in the Far South.
The Kommetjie Road Project commenced in October 2016 and was completed last month at an investment of approximately R256 million.
This project was undertaken to relieve traffic congestion in the Far South and to meet the growing demand from public transport and private vehicles, and to provide safe facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
All-in-all the Kommetjie Road Project entailed roadworks covering a distance of approximately 3,5 km. It included:
- the upgrade of Kommetjie Road (M65) to a four-lane dual-carriageway between Capri Drive and Corsair Way, and the rehabilitation of the existing roadway
- the upgrade of Ou Kaapse Weg (M6) to a four-lane dual-carriageway between Noordhoek Main Road and Kommetjie Road, and the rehabilitation of the existing roadway
- the upgrade of the intersection at Ou Kaapse Weg and Silvermine Road to improve the sight distance for road users; and
- the upgrade of the 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
The projected increase in capacity in terms of vehicular traffic, thanks to the upgrades, are as follows:
- At the intersection of Ou Kaapse Weg/Noordhoek Road – 25%
- At the intersection of Ou Kaapse Weg/Buller Louw Boulevard – 18%
- At the intersection of Ou Kaapse Weg/Kommetjie Main Road – 12% for all general traffic, in addition to the dedicated public transport lanes; and
- At the intersection of Kommetjie Main Road/Capri Drive – 26%
The total tonnage of asphalt utilised for this project was 30 399 tons.
All-in-all the new road markings cover a distance of 50,5 km inclusive of both white and yellow marking.
Streetlights have been installed along the new roads as well, making these routes much safer at night and in poor weather conditions.
A very important aspect of the project was the creation of safe facilities for the many pedestrians and cyclists from this area. There are now walkways for pedestrians along Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg as many residents from this area walk to their destinations.
The new roads have shoulders wide enough to accommodate cyclists and there is signage on the surfaces to guide cyclists through the busier intersections, and to make other road users aware of cyclists.
Local residents and subcontractors also benefitted from this project:
- The total amount spent on temporary work opportunities for residents from the area for the duration of the project was R11 million
- The total amount spent on goods and services procured from local subcontractors for the duration of the project was R5,3 million, inclusive of two subcontractors from Masiphumelele
I encourage residents travelling through this area to take note of the new landscaping.
Red flowering gum trees, Corymbia (Eucalyptus) ficifolia were planted to replace the gum trees that were removed to make way for the wider roads. The species is suited to the climate and will provide shade and wind protection; it is not a listed alien invasive tree and can withstand the harsh growing environment.
Some of the plants road users will notice along the roads and at the islands are:
- 100 exotic non-invasive gum trees, 650 indigenous trees, and 500 indigenous shrubby trees
- 5 000 indigenous shrubs
- 50 000 indigenous groundcover plants
- Sour fig cuttings
I want to thank residents from this area in particular for their patience over the past three and a half years. Some of you attended the community meetings without fail, and assisted with problem solving solutions while we were in the midst of the project.
We have worked together and succeeded in completing a major infrastructure project. This would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment from our residents, road users in general, officials, and the contractor.
The improvements are visible for all to see. I trust the locals will experience great satisfaction for enduring the inconvenience that went with the roadworks while the project was ongoing. All of us will reap the benefits of this investment for years to come, whether we travel on foot, on a bicycle, in public transport vehicles, or private cars.
Alderman Felicity Purchase, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport,
Tel: 021 400 7197 or Cell: 083 629 0829,