City tries to avoid roadworks during peak traffic

CapeTalk listeners SMS and call almost daily about roadworks causing blockages and delays during peak hour traffic.

Kieno Kammies spoke to Cape Town Mayoral Committee member for transport Brett Heron, about the congestion that Capetonians say is a regular occurrence. How can it be prevented?

One of the areas callers complain about most is the ongoing roadworks in the Kalk Bay area.

Heron says no roadworks are supposed to be carried out at peak hour, unless it can not be avoided. The contract with the company doing those particular roadworks in Kalk Bay stipulate it be done during the hours 9am to 4pm.

At the height of the peak, they should not be working, and if they are, then they are not following the contract. But I understand they have not worked outside of those hours , so it is not true in that case that they are working in the peak.

Brett Heron, Cape Town Mayoral Committee member for transport

We avoid roadworks in peak hours where we can. We obviously need to get projects completed and the fewer hours you give to the roadwork teams, the longer the project takes.

Brett Heron, Cape Town Mayoral Committee member for transport

Heron says the Kalk Bay roadwork project has been going on for five years. The noise made working at night in that area is very disturbing residents, so daytime with some traffic congestion is the only option.

It's virtually impossible to do roadworks without causing some disruption.

Brett Heron, Cape Town Mayoral Committee member for transport

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