City gets started on repairs to walkway, tidal pool

The City is doing repairs to the coastal walkway from Muizenberg to St James and the St James tidal pool.

Repairs to the coastal walkway from Muizenberg to St James and to the St James tidal pool are expected to be completed in time for the holiday season, says the City.

The approximately R1.45 million project is part of ongoing maintenance, according to mayoral committee member for spatial planning and environment Eddie Andrews.

“This project will also make the walkway safer by addressing hazards such as protruding objects, misaligned panels and unstable slopes. The goal of this maintenance is to improve the walkway’s condition, enhance safety, and extend its useful lifespan in a cost-effective way,” he said.

Pool repairs would include sealing leaks in the walls, among other things, he said.

“This is specific maintenance to retain the existing tidal pool’s functionality and safety until a full refurbishment can be implemented.”

The work would be finished in time for the start of the holiday season in December, he said.

“We ask that residents and visitors remain patient while the works are under way over the next six weeks. These are both very busy public spaces, therefore we have planned a programme that has the least impact on public use. However, there will be some unavoidable short-term inconvenience to the public.”

While work is done on the walkway, the public will be redirected to the pavement along Main Road through the railway underpasses.

The first phase of the three-phase project started on Monday October 16. Work on the tidal pool was due to start on Monday October 23 and should be completed by the end of the month, with the entire project scheduled for completion by the end of November.

The construction team’s site camp is at the Surfer’s Corner parking lot behind Muizenberg train station.