Changes to traffic signals at Main Rd / Clairvaux intersection

The existing traffic lights at the Main Road and Clairvaux Road intersection, and Main Road and the Kalk Bay Harbour entrance have been set to flashing red mode for all directions.

Motorists are obliged to treat these intersections as a 3-way stop and are requested to exercise extreme caution when traveling through these intersections.

This situation has been created as a precursor to the implementation of the signalised stop / go system south of Clairvaux Road, and to prepare road users for the pending temporary traffic management system.

The temporary traffic management system is expected to be operational early next week, but is dependent on the Contractor completing some modifications to the existing Main Road north of Clairvaux Road.

Main Road between Clairvaux and Rouxville Roads will then be opened to two-way traffic and the section of Main Road between Clairvaux Road and the Bible Institute, will start operating as a signalised stop/go system, utilising three new sets of temporary traffic signals. The existing traffic signals will be switched off at this stage.

Details of implementation :

Three sets of temporary traffic signals will be installed together with a dedicated signal controller. This will be similar to the system installed under the Phase 1 contract. The Metrorail crossing will be managed manually, by trained personnel. The boom control and flashing red lights at the level crossing will remain in place.

Each cycle of the signal timing will operate on an approximate two to five minute cycle but will be adjusted as circumstances warrant. The three cycles will be set up as follows:

1.Clairvaux Road : Left or right turning traffic into Main Road.

2.Main Road Southbound : Right turning into Clairvaux Road or straight on to Clovelly.

3.Main Road Northbound : Left turning into Clairvaux Road or straight on to Muizenberg.

In addition three variable messaging signs (VMS’s) will be erected to indicate in advance the availability of public parking at the harbour in an attempt to prevent queues developing at the harbour entrance which may impact on the Main Road through traffic. The VMS will be erected as follows:

1. at the harbour entrance,

2. on Clairvaux Road; and

3. on Main Road before the Kalk Bay Station parking area.

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