Archive for November, 2010

Notification Re: Trench being dug from Clairvaux to Dalebrook (seaside)

November 26, 2010

Please note that the trench being dug on the footway from Clairvaux Road to Dalebrook (seaside) is being undertaken by the City of Cape Town to install cables and pipes and does not form part of the Main Road Upgrading project or Civils2000 contract.

Should you have any queries with respect to this work, kindly contact the City:

John Taylor
Senior Professional Officer
City of Cape Town Electricity Directorate
Distribution System Development (South)
Wynberg Electricity Depot
Rosmead Avenue, Wynberg
Cape Town, 7800


Emergency Response Procedure for Main Road

November 24, 2010

As you are aware, a southbound only one-way system is in operation along Main Road from St. James to Kalk Bay. Northbound traffic (from Kalk Bay northwards i.e. to Muizenberg) is deviated via Clairvaux Road and Boyes Drive.

On Thursday 11 November 2010, a large container truck obstructed the upper section of Clairvaux Road, near Boyes Drive, causing serious traffic congestion for several hours before the incident was reported to the appropriate authorities. This has highlighted the need to involve the public in reporting incidents affecting the traffic flow in the area.

The project team together with the traffic control authorities has prepared a contingency plan, which will be implemented in the event of any unplanned obstruction to traffic flow in the following geographical areas:

Main Road from Steenberg Road to Clovelly Road.
Boyes Drive from Main Road along the entire length including Old Boyes Drive and Clairvaux Road.
Ou Kaapse Weg from Noordhoek Main Road to Steenberg Road.

As a first course of action, members of the public who have witnessed an incident affecting traffic flow should contact the Traffic Management Centre (TMC) and or the Resident Engineer, Andrew Rush to report the incident.

The TMC will mobilize the necessary traffic personnel and if necessary will notify the traffic controllers at local radio stations and any additional emergency services as required.

The Resident Engineer will update the Electronic Messaging Boards placed at strategic points to alert road users of the incident and to indicate alternative routes. The Resident Engineer will also contact Chand Environmental who will distribute an email notice to all registered persons on the project database notifying them of the incident and possible alternatives routes.

The Resident Engineer will then visit the scene, consult with the Traffic Control personnel and if required mobilize the available resources of Civils 2000, the Main Road rehabilitation contractor, to assist in the management and resolution of the incident.

As Boyes Drive is not suitable for extra heavy vehicles, Chand Environmental have sent notices to the Road Freight Association, the Ports Authority, waste management companies and large retailers requesting that their extra heavy vehicles use Ou Kaapse Weg thus reducing the risk of a breakdown and consequential delays to traffic on Boyes Drive.

The Traffic Management Centre (TMC) is manned 24 hours/day and has instant access to all the emergency services. Their telephone number is 021 812 4583.

The Resident Engineer, Andrew Rush, can be contacted on 072 355 5535 during business hours.

We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.

Kind regards

Kim Diedericks


Cyclists urged to adhere to road closure rules in Kalk Bay

November 17, 2010

As part of the Main Road Rehabilitation Project between Muizenberg and Clovelly, a southbound (direction Cape Point) one-way traffic system has been put in place on Main Road in St James and Kalk Bay between St James Station and Clairvaux Road; road users must use this section in a southbound direction only and use Boyes Drive as an alternative route to travel northbound (direction CBD).

The City of Cape Town would like to emphasize that this one-way system rule applies to all road users, including cyclists, and that Traffic Officers will be deployed on an ad hoc basis to the area to ensure compliance.

At recent Community Liaison Meetings between the City Project Team and the community of Kalk Bay who are affected by the road works, numerous residents raised concerns about cyclists ignoring the southbound one-way arrangement.

By acting illegally and ignoring the one-way system, cyclists are currently able to pass quite easily in a northbound direction along the section of Main Road from Clairvaux Road through Kalk Bay where construction work is not yet underway. However in doing so, they then proceed in a northerly direction into the section that is presently under construction, directly into the oncoming traffic on a very narrow stretch of road. This creates an extremely dangerous situation for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike and may result in serious accidents.

Another concern expressed by community representatives, is that some of the cyclists who correctly use Boyes Drive as the northbound alternative route, are riding two or more abreast instead of adhering to the single file rule. This is dangerous under normal circumstances, but it is even more dangerous on this narrow road which now carries more traffic than usual.

The City appeals to all cyclists to please adhere to the road closure rules in order to prevent unnecessary accidents on this stretch of road during the construction period.

Progress on road works

The Main Road Rehabilitation Project between Muizenberg and Clovelly commenced in 2008 and Phase 1 of the project is now nearly complete. It is essential that this road be upgraded, as it has been in use for over 200 years and was not built to carry the weight of the more than 19 000 vehicles that now use the road daily.

Even though a new asphalt layer was added to the road in 1994, the large volume of traffic using the road is causing cracks and potholes, which has led to structural failure of the supporting layers in over 80% of the road.

The project entails removing the existing road layers and adding new base layers, as well as laying a new asphalt surface. All the services such as water mains, gravity sewers, and sewer rising mains will also be replaced or re-lined, which will limit the need for major maintenance in the next 20 to 30 years.

The Phase 1 contract between Muizenberg and Leighton Road, St James has been underway since February 2008 and is due for completion by February 2011. This contract has run for many more months than originally expected and the lessons learned on this phase (including the desirability of a one-way traffic system) have been incorporated into the Phase 2 tender.

The Phase 2 contract has been awarded and construction is due to commence early in 2011 with a two year contract period. Phase 2 extends from Leighton Road, St James to the Kalk Bay Harbour entrance. The one-way traffic system will remain in place for the duration of the Phase 2 contract.

It is the City’s intention to undertake the last section of this project, from Kalk Bay Harbour entrance to Clovelly Road immediately after completion of Phase 2.


Temporary Closure of Dalebrook Subway for Safety Reasons

November 5, 2010

Please be advised that Dalebrook Subway will be closed temporarily for safety reasons while contractors complete the installation of a water pipe.

The closure is necessary as the only access to and from the subway has been across existing construction works which run close to machinery. This is not in line with the health and safety requirements. Pedestrians insisting on crossing through the construction works, do so at their own risk. The contractor will not accept any responsibility for any injury caused on site. Signs have been posted to advise pedestrians of the subway closure.

During the temporary closure of the subway, pedestrians can gain access to the beach from “Danger Beach” or at the “Brass Bell” subways. People crossing the railway line do so at their own risk.

Once the pipe has been installed, a demarcated pathway to the subway will be created across the construction works and the subway will be re-opened to the public.

The traffic light at the pedestrian crossing is currently out of order as a cable has been damaged. This cable is exposed and the City of Cape Town’s electrical department has been notified to repair this cable. A flagman will be stationed at the crossing to assist pedestrians until the traffic light has been repaired. Once the traffic light is in working order it will be much safer to cross at this pedestrian crossing.

We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.

Chand Environmental Consultants