Construction planned to alleviate traffic jams


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The Western Cape government and the Cape Town city council have unveiled two major plans to ease congestion on the city’s roads and make them safer. Cape Town, the most congested city in South Africa, is going to spend R750 million over five years to ease its mounting traffic problem, Mayor Patricia de Lille has announced. The money will be spent improving infrastructure along key commuter routes where congestion is worst. In keeping with this, a project worth R487 million has already begun on a portion of the N1, where motorists can expect some inconvenience over the next three years as additional lanes are built and bridges are repaired.

In addition to R750-million budgeted to tackle the worst bottlenecks over the next five years, the City of Cape Town is putting the finishing touches to a strategy to beat congestion. “There will be a range of projects identified which will include adding capacity to existing links, and capacity improvements at key intersections,” says a report to next week’s Transport for Cape Town committee. The first three bottlenecks to be tackled are in Blaauwberg, Kommetjie and Kuils River. Construction is underway or complete on 10 Kuils River projects, which will cost R340-million.