The City of Cape Town wants to inform residents and all road users of partial road closures along Jakes Gerwel Drive this week due to rehabilitation work that is required at the Viking Way intersection. The work will take place at night between 28 June and 30 June 2022; and over the weekend from 2 July to 3 July 2022.

The rehabilitation of this intersection forms part of the rehabilitation of Jakes Gerwel Drive between Blue Gum Street and Viking Way.

The night work will take place as follows:

  • On 28, 29 and 30 June 2022 between 19:00 and 05:00
  • This is to accommodate the removal of the existing layerworks and replacing this with asphalt base. Work will be done in various lanes at a time to ensure that there will be through traffic along Jakes Gerwel Drive.

The weekend work will take place as follows:

  • On 2 and 3 July 2022 between 07:00 and 19:00
  • The placing of the asphalt surfacing needs to be done during the day because the asphalt layer is thin and loses its heat too quickly at night in winter, which means adequate compaction can’t take place as without proper compaction the layer will fail prematurely.

‘Jakes Gerwel Drive is one of our busiest roads and a key transport link, not to mention the Viking Way intersection. The rehabilitation work this week will improve its condition and lifespan and improve the travel experience for all road users, especially those from surrounding suburbs including Langa, Bonteheuwel and Epping. Roadworks are happening only after hours and on the weekend to best accommodate the traffic in the area and to limit the inconvenience associated with roadworks. We would like to thank residents who have cooperated with the contractor during the road rehabilitation project along Jakes Gerwel Drive and ask for their patience as we attend to the last stretch of the project,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Councillor Rob Quintas.

Overall the City has a 5% target for local labour with the rehabilitation of Jakes Gerwel Drive. At the end of May 2022, the City has spent up to R2,6 million on local labour.

The detour routes to accommodate traffic during these partial closures are as follows:

  • Traffic that needs to use the detours during these works will be diverted from Gunners Circle in the south and from the Grand West off-ramp in the north.
  • Traffic being diverted on Viking Way will use the slip lane to the left to Denneboom Road when travelling east and will be diverted left along Jakes Gerwel Drive to Gunners Circle when travelling west.

All lanes will be affected at various times. Work areas will be demarcated to regulate traffic flow, and to assist pedestrians. The basic plan is to keep at least one lane open in each direction along Jakes Gerwel Drive at all times.

The final aspects of the project to still be implemented include pathcing work around the Frans Conradie Intersection near the N1 and various ancillary works that will have minimal impact on traffic. The work is scheduled to take another month to complete, pending unforeseen delays and inclement weather.

The Jakes Gerwel Road Rehabilitation project also included minor improvements to the sidewalks and repairs to guardrails, which benefit pedestrians along this stretch of road.

The City asks that road users continue to assist by:

  • Reducing travelling speeds
  • Paying attention and adhering to road signs
  • Being vigilant in and around the roadworks area
  • Looking out for uneven road surfaces
  • Being mindful of construction workers
  • Factoring in extra travel time