The scenic coastal road, which has been in use for approximately 200 years, has needed extensive repairs due to wear and tear resulting from carrying nearly 20,000 vehicles on a daily basis. The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport Councillor Brett Herron said the third and final phase of the road’s rehabilitation project would be concluded toward the end of 2017. This final phase would include a new road surface, a retaining wall, and underground services.
The City and its project team had already begun construction on all three of its final phase projects. “Residents driving along this stretch of Main Road would have seen the excavators where the Clovelly station used to be,” said Herron.
“We are currently building a new retaining wall above the railway line, partly to serve as a support structure for Main Road above and otherwise to make it possible for us to widen Main Road to such an extent that motorists can parallel park along the seaside and to provide for pedestrian footways on both the mountain and sea sides.”
The retaining wall, said Herron, was expected to be finished by the end of the year. Work on the new road surface – which would span almost 4.5 kilometres from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay – coincided with the installation of new underground services such as sewer pipes, water mains, low-voltage cables, and stormwater pipes. New street lights would also be installed.
“All in all, approximately R304 million will have been spent on all three phases of this project,” said Herron.
Come 2017, the road – which was not designed to carry the volume of vehicles seen today – was estimated to last another 30 years, including allowance for a further increase in traffic along the main road.