The City of Cape Town is spending approximately R34,5m on upgrading a section of Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road in Somerset West. The project is nearly half way, with the eastbound carriageway currently under construction.
‘The past few years have seen a number of new developments alongside Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road, bringing with them a significant increase in traffic between the new residential areas and the Somerset West central business district. The current road requires a complete reconstruction – partly because it has reached the end of its life cycle, and partly due to the steady increase in the number of vehicles travelling along this section every day,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.
Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, commenced with the project in September last year and the completion date is set for early 2017, if all goes according to plan.
‘The project is nearly half way. Motorists driving past will notice the extensive road excavations on the eastbound-side where stormwater infrastructure is being installed. The layerworks for the new road are also progressing well,’ says Herron.
Once the eastbound carriageway is completed, the existing Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road will be demolished and rebuilt from start to form the westbound carriageway.
‘Once completed, the section of Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road between Hazelden Drive and Bizweni Road will be a dual carriageway – similar to the section between Main Road and Schapenberg Road. We are also constructing sidewalks along the eastbound and westbound carriageways as there are currently no pedestrian facilities along this popular route to the Van der Stel railway station. Furthermore, a cycle lane will be provided in the shoulder as well as streetlights along the median and traffic signals at the entrances to the new residential developments,’ continues Herron.
The other section of Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road leading towards Sir Lowry’s Pass will be turned into a dual carriageway as and when funding becomes available.
‘The upgrading of the road is very much dependent on further developments along this road as the refurbishment will be jointly funded by the City and developers,’ he concludes.