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Old January 1st, 2010, 01:11 PM   #401
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I don't understand how people can cycle to events...you get there and you're all sweaty and tired lol.
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Old January 1st, 2010, 01:51 PM   #402
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Depends on where you're cycling from. If you rent a cycle machine in the CBD, and take a leisurely cycle to the stadium, its fine.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 02:05 PM   #403
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It's called a "bicycle", Mo.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:45 PM   #404
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Some c***s decided to spray paint a long line with some writing all along the new barrier of the N1 by Koeberg Interchange. Saw a bunch of workers sitting there slowly cleaning it off.

The idiocy of some people amazes me.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 05:09 PM   #405
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saw that as well. hope they enjoyed it. bloody fools
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Old January 6th, 2010, 10:51 PM   #406
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Old January 7th, 2010, 06:58 AM   #407
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Doesn't look until there's too much to do until that interchange is done.

How's progress at the Huguenot Tunnel? Haven't seen an update from there in a while.
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Old January 7th, 2010, 07:30 AM   #408
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Huguenot Tunnel: The upgrading of the toll plaza is complete. The western approach to the tunnel is probably 80% done already, with most sections resealed and rehabilitated and the additional truck-lane about 75% complete. They have not worked over the holidays though.

They are not opening the North Bore during this phase, which is very disappointing. However, I can say it WILL happen soon, as within my ITP (Integrated Transport Plan) for the region, which the Provincial Government may adopt, that is a priority project.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 06:20 PM   #409
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 06:21 PM   #410
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Koeberg Interchange

Some of the worst traffic congestion in Cape Town is experienced at the Koeberg Interchange, where the N1 and N5 highways intersect.
The intersection was designed and built long before the drastic increase in traffic experienced today, and also before the many business, shopping and residential developments such as Canal Walk in the area added to the already busy traffic flow.
A study on the N1 Corridor identified the need for several infrastructural improvements, including this interchange.
The City of Cape Town owns the Table Bay Boulevard section of the N1 between the city centre and Salt River, while the N1 from Salt River to the R300 (including the Koeberg Interchange) falls under the Provincial Government of the Western Cape.
Forces were joined and the implementation of the infrastructural improvements and additions was split into phases. Due to the size and complexity of the project, it has been split into more than one contract.
Tenders for the upgrading of Koeberg Interchange have been called for and work is due to start shortly, while the tender for the upgrade of Table Bay Boulevard was advertised at the end of February; work is expected to get underway in May.
What changes will be made?
Phase 1
  • Directional ramps connecting the M5 with the N1
  • An extra traffic lane on the N1 south-bound
  • Widening the N1 north-bound through Koeberg Interchange to three lane
  • Two extra traffic lanes on the N1 north-bound after Koeberg Interchange
  • An extra lane on Table Bay Boulevard north-bound
  • Relocating existing services and modifying existing structures, and minor realignments
  • Rehabilitation of both carriageways
Phase 2
Implementing the N1 BRT Busway Scheme, which will use the area of the disused Paardeneiland railway line
Phase 3
  • Widening the south-bound carriageway of the N1 through the Koeberg Interchange from two to three lanes
  • Building an extra traffic lane on the south-bound carriageway of Table Bay Boulevard between Koeberg Interchange and Marine Drive Interchange
  • Building of a walkway deck and pedestrian paths
  • Widening of the bridge carrying Table Bay Boulevard over the disused Paardeneiland railway line
What about road closures?
While there will be some road disruptions and fewer lanes, the contractors and city officials will make every attempt to ensure that traffic flow will not be adversely affected, especially during peak hours.
Budget and timing
The Koeberg Interchange project is expected to cost R610-million, while the Table Bay Boulevard rehabilitation project will cost R120-million. Work will be completed by early 2010.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 12:18 PM   #411
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CT’s Sandown Road to be extended
05 Feb 2010

Another section of Cape Town’s Sandown Road is set to be constructed, with the opening up of the critically needed link between the West Coast Road (R27) and the N7 Freeway drawing closer.

During the past 18 months, much of this road infrastructure has been completed.

Province funded the replacement of the dangerous Potsdam/N7 intersection with a new M12/N7 interchange, providing the eastern gateway to Parklands and the future Rivergate development.

The City responded by funding the bridge over the Diep River as well as the roads on either side of the bridge so as to connect the new interchange to the eastern end of Sandown Road in the future Rivergate. The bridge was completed during 2009 and the abutting roads are due for completion during April 2010.

And the developers in the area have responded by commissioning extensions to Parklands Main Road and Sandown Road that will provide the east-west link between the West Coast Freeway (to Saldanha Bay) and the N7 (to Malmesbury).

The first of the linking roads to be commissioned was the extension of Parklands Main Road - past Gie Road and up to its current position, just south of Sandown Road. Following shortly thereafter, Sandown Road was extended in an easterly direction from Builder’s Warehouse to Wood Drive.

And now, the next extension here has been awarded to Burger & Wallace Construction (Pty) Ltd. This portion will extend Sandown Road further east up to Gie Road, providing another link for residents here. The contract, in an amount of R9,5m, is due for completion during May 2010.

Thus far, some R155m has been or is in the process of being spent on these roads and bridges. And there’s more to come.

The final link, comprising a road-over-rail bridge as well as completing Sandown Road and the remaining link from Parklands Main Road in the south, are scheduled for completion by Nov 2011. This link, with an estimated cost of a further R38m, will provide an east-west connection between the R27 and the N7 as well as opening up the eastern gateway to Sunningdale, Parklands, Sandown and Rivergate.

In the three-year period leading up to the opening of this new traffic route, some R193m will have been spent on new roads by province, The City of Cape Town and the developers here.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 05:34 PM   #412
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All systems go for Hospital Bend

'New roads lead to better traffic flow’ said our headline in the March 2008 issue of the City’s monthly newspaper, CityNews.

Cape Town motorists are going to have to suffer short-term pain for long-term gain, we explained, as we all endure a series of planned roadworks aimed at significantly improving the city’s transport infrastructure ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

And now it’s 2010 – almost two years later. And that short-term pain was not only nowhere near as painful as we feared it would be, but now it’s over, at least for those of us who got used to squeezing through Hospital Bend.

The new routes – inbound and outbound - will be opened in two phases during March 2010, but finishing work will continue for about a month afterwards.

Bertie Byker, Head: Operations Integration, Roads & Stormwater, reminds us that one of the most important elements of the work was the accommodation of traffic. “Road users were hardly inconvenienced during construction,” he says, “and everything, the sequence of execution, available work areas and methods of construction (using overhead gantries) was determined for road users’ convenience.

“The only times that lanes were closed or restricted was during nighttime off-peaks.”

Hospital Bend is an important link between the CBD and airport as well as the residential area of Khayelitsha.

The Hospital Bend Interchange upgrade included the following key elements:


  • Rhodes Drive (M3) inbound was widened on the left-hand side, creating an extra lane before the N2 merge
  • A pre-selection lane from the M3 (inbound) to Hospital Bend was created, which included the widening of the bridge over Settlers Way and upgrading of the M3 to N2 outbound loop all on new alignments
  • The N2 inbound was provided with an extra lane (third lane) and the vertical re-alignment of the N2 underneath the bridge to provide an acceptable vertical clearance
  • Hospital Bend to M3 outbound lane was widened
  • A new overpass bridge for Anzio Road on-ramp towards Cape Town
  • A new pre-selection lane from Upper De Waal Drive (M3) to Hospital Bend (outbound) was constructed, which included new bridge across the westbound (inbound) carriageway
  • Upgraded signage, barrier walls and other guard rails
  • Resurfacing, new street lights, upgrading of the stormwater system, and landscaping within the road reserve

The total project budget was R263 million (excluding VAT), and it is expected that the work will be completed soon, within budget and on time.

To assist road users, the project team has produced a number of diagrams to explain the new routes. To download these diagrams, click on the links below.

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Outbound preselect (809kb)
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Old February 16th, 2010, 11:49 PM   #413
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Old February 18th, 2010, 02:29 PM   #414
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Ek is al so gatvol vir hierdie road works. It seems to be taking forever now!
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Old February 24th, 2010, 08:41 PM   #415
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Old February 28th, 2010, 05:36 PM   #416
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Sorry for my ignorance, but does anyone know when the digital overhead signs will come online? im guessing pretty soon...
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Old February 28th, 2010, 05:45 PM   #417
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Sorry for my ignorance, but does anyone know when the digital overhead signs will come online? im guessing pretty soon...
Actually thought they were due to be online by the end of Feb... thus today! Not sure though when, they've been testing them for weeks and seems all the boards and all the cameras are up and their green-energy sources, fully operational.
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Old February 28th, 2010, 05:57 PM   #418
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ye, noticed that little cross on some of them. But some are still not done completely, so who knows. cant wait
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Old February 28th, 2010, 09:54 PM   #419
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I'm interested to see just how much they help to ease traffic.
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Old March 4th, 2010, 06:52 PM   #420
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Hospital Bend: Construction progress
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