Expect congestion while new lanes are being built

The traffic crunch clogging up Kommejtie Road, Ou Kaapse Weg and surrounding roads is about to get much worse.

Traffic and urban planning Mayco member Brett Herron warned motorists this week to “expect longer waiting times” at the pain points that sprang up after roadworks started last year: the intersections of Ou Kaapse Weg and Buller Louw Boulevard, Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg, and at Kommetjie Road and Capri Drive.

The reason for this is
that lanes along Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg will be narrowed temporarily to create extra space on the shoulders of the roads
where the new lanes will be built.

The new lanes are being built along Kommetjie Road from the intersection with Ou Kaapse Weg to Capri Drive; and along Ou Kaapse Weg from the intersection with Noordhoek Main Road to the Glencairn Expressway.

Mr Herron said the same number of lanes would be available but they would be narrower,slowingtraffic down.

If all goes to plan, the project is expected to take about 20 months.

Mr Herron said the City might use points men to ease congestion at intersections during peak traffic.

Traffic might also be bypassed through Sunnydale as a temporary route between NoordhoekandKom-

These and other possible solutions are set to be discussed at a public meeting at the King of Kings Baptist Church on Monday March 26, at 5.30pm.

The road project will see nearly 3km of new road built as well as pavements. There will also be upgrades to utilities infrastructure.

Mr Herron said some work would be done at night to minimise traffic disruptions.

He urged motorists to obey signage and watch out for cyclists and pedestrians.