Southern Peninsula’s scenic access route open for summer

2017-11-02 15:53 - Ishani Chetty
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Cape Town – The summer festive season is almost here and locals and tourists will be out and about in Cape Town as they explore its beauty and enjoy the holidays.

To make the holidays even more exciting, the Southern Peninsula’s scenic Main Road is now open and ready for the summer season.

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Road to scenic views

The newly completed road is a multi-million rand rehabilitation of Main Road - one of the Southern Peninsula's most scenic access routes. The City of Cape Town is currently finishing work on Main Road in the far south.

The City’s Mayoral Committee member for Transport and Urban Development, Bretty Herron says in a statement that they “will be done with minor snags by the end of this week which will have little, if any, impact on the traffic."

"This is a major accomplishment, not only for the City, but also for residents and business owners who patiently endured the roadworks, traffic disruptions, and stop/go systems while we were working on the most challenging phase of the project," adds Herron.

The project started in 2008, with 9 long years of development and roadworks. 

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"We have nearly concluded this nine-year long project, with the overall investment amounting to approximately R340 million," says Herron, adding "Road users will still see some activity next to the road while we are sorting some minor finishing to the footways."

"We are also busy with the upgrade of the parking area at the Kalk Bay harbour which should be completed before the builders’ holiday."

This comes is relieving news to locals as the road is known to be congested during the festive season. The Main Road is only one of three roads that carry an estimated 20 000 vehicles per day to the far South and will now help alleviate traffic congestion.

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The revamping in 2015 of the historic mile area in Muizenberg, a surfing spot for locals and visitors, formed part of the project. Herron says they have "refurbished walkways, parking areas and access routes. We paved the sidewalks with red bricks along the stretch of Main Road where it meanders under the colonnades of historic buildings dating from the late 1890s."

The wider road has made way for an increased number of parallel parking spots and walkways along the mountain and seaside for pedestrians and cyclists to use from Woolley’s Pool to Silvermine Bridge. Herron says “The media island at the crossing of York and Main Roads was extended to make it safer for pedestrians crossing Main Road towards Muizenberg Park.”

The upgrades also see improvement to the underground pipe and sewage services, low-voltage electricity cables and new storm-water infrastructure and street lights.

The beautiful views of False Bay, Simon’s Town and Fishoek have not been impeded due to the district improvements, and overall the areas have seen positive changes.

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