Next week will see the City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority start off construction of new and improved roads, non-motorised facilities, traffic calming measures, and a new bridge over the Sir Lowry’s River which will benefit and add to the safety of the residents of Sun City, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village and Mission Grounds. The expected time period for the project is approximately 24 months. Construction is scheduled to start today, 16 October 2017.

A public open day took place at the Sun City Community Centre, where residents of Sun City, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, and Mission Grounds in the Helderberg region were able to view the final project plans and the artist’s impressions of the R55 million upgrade project.

The project consists of:

– The rehabilitation of Sir Lowry’s Pass Road from the N2 through the Village to the T-junction and also Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road from the Knorhoek turn-off to past William Sergeant Street

– New sidewalks on Sir Lowry’s Pass Road from the N2 and through the village and on Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road

– A new bridge over the Sir Lowry’s River

– New stormwater infrastructure that will take the current open channels underground

– Installation of a new second traffic circle and two raised intersections for traffic calming through the village to increase pedestrian safety

‘Other aspects of the project include the bridge over the Sir Lowry’s River, which is also in a poor condition and does not have capacity to handle big flood events. The new bridge has therefore been designed to accommodate higher flows. Also, the stormwater infrastructure that has been in an open channel through parts of the village will be placed underground.

‘The project also includes the construction of new sidewalks from the N2 and through the village on both roads as well as the installation of a new second traffic circle and two raised intersections for traffic calming through the village to increase pedestrian safety. The existing non-motorised transport infrastructure is either in a poor condition or non-existent in many places. The traffic calming is to ensure that motorists go through the residential area slowly, which will add to the safety of residents.

‘We are certain that the much-needed R55 million investment into the roads and infrastructure in this area will benefit and add to the safety of the residents of Sun City, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village and Mission Grounds,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

‘This project will take approximately 24 months to complete. With a project of this nature, motorists can expect delays while work is under way. All construction will take place under stop/go controls. Our teams will, however, make every effort to minimise the impact on traffic as much as possible. We ask motorists to please exercise patience during this period. Communities will be notified when the construction commences,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, Councillor Anda Ntsodo.

The project is in line with one of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Place (ODTP) priorities for dense and transit-orientated growth and development, with the ODTP being adopted by Council last year in order to improve the way in which administration works and delivers services.

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