CT To Spend Over R170m On Kommetjie Road To Ease Congestion


The city of Cape town plans to spend R171 million on the Kommetjie Road Project as part of its effort to reduce traffic congestion in the Kommetjie area.

The Kommetjie Road Project is expected to start within the next few weeks.

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The City’s Brett Herron says Kommetjie has been identified as a congestion hotspot but the commencement of the new project will put the stop-and go-control to an end, and a two-way traffic flow system will be installed.

“We expect the project to take just under three years to complete and we expect to start late in October, and we’ve budgeted R171 million for it. And then we’ll also be building non-motorized transport infrastructure to enable bikers and pedestrians.”

The city administration plans to spend R750 million over five years to ease its mounting traffic problem, Mayor Patricia de Lille announced last year.

Speaking at a special summit convened at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) to address the road problems in the city, mayor Patricia de Lille said the R750 million will be used to improve infrastructure along key commuter routes where congestion is worst.

This will be done according to a multi-pronged approach that will include developing public transport and other initiatives to help mitigate the problem, the mayor noted.

“Cape Town was the 55th most congested city in the world, according to recent research, De Lille said, pointing out that the Kuils River area around Bottelary, Amandel and Saxdown roads, Kommetjie around OuKaapse Weg and Kommetjie Road, and the Blaauwberg area around Plattekloof, Blaauwberg and Sandown roads are among some of the first pressure points to be addressed.

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City of Cape Town would take the lead in experimenting with travel-demand management and introducing flexitime for city officials, as well as car-sharing initiatives. However, the city hoped to attract more private vehicle owners to use public transport.