After years of speculation and proposed ideas for Cape Town’s unfinished highway bridge on the Foreshore, a plan has been set in place to take things forward.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has disclosed the future plan for the bridge which has become an unlikely icon over time. The proposed development will see the unfinished bridge, which runs from Helen Suzman Boulevard in Green Point, to connect to the N1 highway as to alleviate morning and afternoon traffic congestion. This is part of a five-year plan to aid congestion in & out of the city centre.

In March of this year, the TomTom global traffic index revealed that Cape Town was the most congested city in South Africa for the third year running, with motorists in the city spending 152 extra hours a year behind the wheel because of traffic bottlenecks.

More information will be made publicly available toward the end of the year, with the City possibly commencing the upgrade soon thereafter,

An ironic twist to the story about the bridge, built in the 1970’s before construction halted in 1977, was originally intended to relieve traffic. Forty years later the plan is finally coming to fruition.

 

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