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The City of Cape Town has reviewed a 58-year-old road scheme related to the upgrade of a section of Voortrekker Road in Maitland and Kensington. Residents and interested and affected parties, such as business owners, now have the opportunity to comment on these proposals to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety. The closing date for comments is 15 September 2022.
‘The City’s Urban Mobility Directorate intends to upgrade a section of Voortrekker Road in Maitland and Kensington. These upgrades form part of the City’s Congestion Relief Programme, which focuses on projects that will assist to improve traffic flow in the morning and afternoon when commuters experience congestion along key transport routes.
‘Voortrekker Road is an important artery between the eastern and western suburbs, connecting commuters from Kuils River and Bellville with Parow, Goodwood, Epping, and Observatory. We have reviewed the 1964 road scheme for Voortrekker Road from the M5 to the M7 and I encourage the public to comment on these proposed upgrades that form part of our new concept design. All submissions will be taken into consideration before we finalise this concept plan for a detailed design. If all goes as planned, the City intends to commence with the construction work by 2025,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas.
As part of the road scheme review, the Urban Mobility Directorate undertook a transport study that analysed Voortrekker Road between the M5 and the M7, covering a distance of about 6km, including all transport modes from rail, to road-based public and private transport, pedestrian movement, and cycling. All intersections and road links with Voortrekker Road were also analysed in terms of current efficiency and future transport demands.
Given the magnitude of this project, the upgrade will be implemented in phases.
The statutory public commenting process is an important aspect of this undertaking. Funding can be made available for construction only once the detailed design has been concluded after residents have commented on the draft concept design.
The public is requested to comment on the proposals for the first phase, which entail the following:
More information is available on the City’s website at www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay
How to comment:
The City is also hosting two public information days where residents and affected parties can ask officials questions for clarity.
The information days are taking place as follows:
‘I encourage the local communities from Maitland and Kensington to participate in this process by either attending the information days, or submitting comments online. The City is always looking at ways to improve road safety and traffic flow, and this is an opportunity to make your voice heard. The more people participate, the better,’ said Councillor Quintas.
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