City cuts congestion with new roads

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Cape Town – In an effort to reduce congestion in the City of Cape Town, five new roads have been added to the City’s road network.

“Five road construction projects – one in the Blaauwberg area, three in Kuils River, and one in Bellville – were completed by May this year,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

The developments have taken place since the City Council endorsed the Congestion Management Programme in December 2015.

“Residents from these areas would have experienced the difference by now, and are benefitting from our investment by spending less time on the road,” Herron added.

According to the City, another six important road links are also being constructed, and 16 are in the planning phase to address traffic congestion in the city.

In December 2015, the City committed to spend an additional R750 million over a period of five financial years on road infrastructure projects to alleviate the worst congestion pressure points in Cape Town.

Furthermore, an amount of R481 million was budgeted for congestion relief projects over the next three financial years, starting on 1 July 2018.

“The money has been allocated to six road projects that are currently under construction: two in Kuils River; two in Kommetjie; one in Somerset West; and one in the Milnerton area; as well as to another 16 projects that are currently in the planning and design phase,” said Councillor Herron.

A congestion study prioritised Blaauwberg, Kuils River, and Kommetjie as the worst affected areas. According to City officials, the Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) subsequently identified missing road network links, or roads that should be turned into dual carriageways to relieve congestion at these hotspots.

“We will need an on-going 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 Councillor Herron.

He added that apart from the City’s investment in congestion relief projects, the Western Cape Provincial Government has also made significant investments in improvements along the N1 and N2 freeways, and was also planning major upgrades along the N7 corridor.

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