Archive for March, 2012

Continuation of work on Boyes Drive until Friday, 30 March 2012

March 27, 2012

Please be advised that the repair work on Boyes Drive has been delayed and will not be completed today as previously communicated, but by Friday, 30 March 2012 (weather permitting).

The work has been delayed due to the following:

1. The Supplier supplies rubber bitumen in the morning and can only supply for Boyes Drive later in the day. This results in the production rate being reduced to 100 tons per day instead of 200 tons.

2. The supply of bitumen has been erratic and the Supplier does not reserve bitumen for customers even though the Contractor has placed the order more than three weeks ago.

3. Two additional minor sections have been added to the work load and has to be undertaken separately as it is on different ends of Boyes Drive.

As before, during these works a temporary one-way system for northbound traffic will be in place between the hours of 09h00 to 16h00 (for the section of road from Clairvaux Road to Old Boyes Drive) and southbound traffic will be directed to use Main Road. The road will be re-opened to normal two-way traffic after 16h00 each day that work is being undertaken.

The Contractor should be complete and off site (weather permitting) by Friday 30th March 2012 and apologises for any inconvenience these delays may have caused.

Please note that once the Boyes Drive work is complete, the Contractor will be moving works down to the Main Road to undertake the final surfacing on the section from Leighton Road (end of Phase 1) up to the Holy Trinity Church as well as the BTB on Section E (Brass Bell to Clairvaux Road). This work should take approximately 4 to 5 days to complete (will be complete before the Easter Week-end).

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Notification of works on Boyes Drive commencing Thurs, 22 March

March 19, 2012

The Contractor will resume the repair work on Boyes Drive on Thursday, 22 March 2012. This work is expected to take 4 days and should be complete by Tuesday, 27 March 2012, this is however dependent on the continued availability of bitumen and the weather.

While the work is being undertaken, a temporary one-way system for northbound traffic will be in place between the hours of 09h00 to 16h00 (for the section of road from Clairvaux Road to Old Boyes Drive). During this time, southbound traffic will be directed to use Main Road. The road will be reopened to normal two-way traffic after 16h00 each day and 15h00 on Friday.

Law enforcement will be notified of these works and the potential need for additional traffic management.

The Contractor apologises for any inconvenience and requests that road users proceed with caution while this work is underway.

2012 Kalk Bay Concert in the park : 11 March 2-7pm

March 8, 2012

Everyone’s welcome at Lever Street’s annual Concert in the park.

This takes place in the afternoon, after the bicycles of the Argus Cycle Race have passed through the village.

Here is the Concert Programme:

2.00 – 2.30 Fax Police
2.45 – 3.15 US & the Flies
3.15 – 3.30 Belly dancers
3.30 – 4.15 Shen
4.30 – 5.00 Blue Temple Departure
5.15 – 6.00 Time Flies
6.15 – 7.00 Barbers Cat

For more information refer to their facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/events/325886374130893/

Post Office to return to Kalk Bay

March 8, 2012

We’ve received the good news that all of the Post Office services will return to the revamped Kalk Bay supermarket.

This includes the post boxes & the desk service.

The renovated supermarket is due to reopen in about 2 months’ time.

Disrupted access to Colyn, Belmont, Rouxville and Rosmead Rd, Kalk Bay

March 6, 2012

From Chand Environmental:

Please be advised that the Contractor will be lining the existing sewer in Main Road Kalk Bay from Wednesday 7th March to Thursday 08th March 2012 . During this operation, vehicular access to Colyn, Belmont, Rouxville and Rosmead Roads from Main Road will be occasionally disrupted from 12pm, 7th March to 6pm, 8th March 2012.

The Contractor will undertake as far as possible to provide access during this time and to minimise disruption.

We will keep you informed as the work progresses and should the time period exceed 6pm on Thursday 8th March.

Should you have any queries, require assistance or access during this time, kindly contact Alan Espey of Civils2000 on 082 709 1509 who will provide assistance.

To minimise traffic back-up, residents should use Gatesville/Upper Quarterdeck Roads via one of the connecting side roads for access to and from Main Road during this time.

Should you require specific assistance in this regard, please contact Chris Ford of Civils2000 on 082 577 4657.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your cooperation

Kalk Bay traffic woes : Feedback re Gatesville Rd complaints, Part 2

March 2, 2012

Communication from Chand Environmental on 01/03/2012 :

Dear Residents of Kalk Bay village roads

Further to your concerns and suggestions regarding the Quarterdeck/Gatesville Roads traffic situation, and the feedback already provided to you, the City of Cape Town has investigated the matter further. On Monday 27th February 2012 Andrew Rush (Resident Engineer), Mark Doubell and Paul Booth (City of Cape Town) monitored the northbound traffic along Gatesville Road from 3.30pm until 5.00pm.

Paul Booth has provided the following feedback:

“During this time we counted the northbound vehicles in periods of 5 minutes. Starting from 3.30pm to 3.35, we counted 15 vehicles. This slowly increased to a maximum of 37 vehicles per 5 minutes at 4pm and then slowly reduced again to 15 vehicles when we stopped counting at 5pm. The total number of vehicles for the 1,5 hours amounted to 360 vehicles.

Without exception all the vehicles were driving considerately and slowly. It was also noted that within each five minute period the vehicles came through in platoons of between 5 and 10 vehicles with breaks of between 20 and 30 seconds, allowing south bound vehicles the opportunity to proceed south.

If one considers that the last set of traffic counts we measured in November 2011, between 3.30pm and 5 pm on Monday 28th November we counted a total of 1231 vehicles traveling north. This illustrates that only 30% of northbound vehicles in the evening peak are now using Gatesville Road to reach the Main Road.

The project team believes that the original purpose for the installation of the temporary speed humps, to reduce speeds, has been successful and that the volume of traffic whilst much more than the norm is manageable.

It is the project team’s view that the current accommodation of traffic is acceptable for the following reasons.

  1.  The roads are public roads.
  2. The roads can accommodate the additional traffic. (The failure of a concrete panel in Quarterdeck road recently had nothing to do with the increase in traffic. It was caused by a leaking sewer which had washed out the base supporting the concrete surface)
  3. The speed humps which are not complete yet have had a positive influence in reducing traffic speeds.
  4. The route from the intersection of Anderson Road and Boyes Drive via Gatesville and Quarterdeck roads to the intersection of Main and Atlantic Road is over 2 km shorter than via Old Boyes Drive.
  5.  The local residents of the area wishing to go to Boyes Drive have the option of using Main Road with little or no inconvenience, thereby avoiding the increase in northbound traffic along Gatesville road.
  6.  The local residents wishing to go north or east can do so via Main Road if they wish.
  7. Patrons of the commercial district can circulate efficiently and can get to the car park opposite Holy Trinity Church via Quarterdeck Road.
  8. On-going efforts are being made to get the taxis to remain on Boyes Drive.
  9. The current situation will only last until the Main Road is completed up to Clairvaux Road.

Regards,

Paul Booth”

We trust that this clarifies matters.

Chand Environmental

Kalk Bay traffic woes : Feedback re Gatesville Rd complaints, Part 1

March 2, 2012

Chand Environmental press release 28/02/2012 :

The project team is tackling the traffic problem as follows:

1.            The Traffic Inspector in charge of the area has been asked to conduct regular law enforcement in the area. The team is also trying to establish if they can preclude taxis from using the village roads and will do so if legally possible.

2.            A request has been through to the Traffic Inspector to concentrate on moving violations and not to ticket cars parked in the incorrect direction in view of the special conditions which exist in Gatesville Road and the lack of turning capacity for cars approaching from a southerly direction.

3.            The project team has approved the use of temporary speed humps which are soon to be installed in Gatesville, Quarterdeck, Belmont and Lever roads. The use of temporary speed humps in the area until the Main Road is opened to two way traffic from Clairvaux Road (anticipated to be in 6 months’ time) is unlikely to deter many vehicles from using the village but it will reduce the speeds significantly. The downside of the use of temporary speed humps will unfortunately be an increase in vehicle noise through braking and acceleration.

4.            Converting Gatesville to a one-way northbound was considered, however the  project team feels strongly that this will increase traffic volumes and speed.  As such,  the project team is considering creating lay byes in Gatesville Road to allow space for vehicles to pull aside as well as demarcating parking bays to ensure the efficient use of limited space.

Various other options were considered to assist the situation but were deemed too onerous for road users, theses were:-

1.         To close the Main Road at Quarterdeck Road to northbound vehicles. This would inconvenience the entire catchment south of Quarterdeck Road.
2.         To make Quarterdeck Road one way southbound. This would transfer the problem to Belmont, Lever and Rouxville Roads, with a greater number of intersections and which      passes the Lever road park entrance.

It should also be noted that a 3 ton weight restriction sign has been provided at the intersection of Anderson Road and Lock road which should deter large vehicles from using the village.

Please be assured that the project team is taking the situation seriously.