The City of Cape Town has warned motorists of the planned closure of one traffic lane next to the MyCiTi bus station on Blaauwberg Road, from Saturday 25 February to Friday 2 March 2012.
For a graphic of the closure, click here.
The lane will be closed for eight days and the closure is expected to cause considerable traffic disruption in the area, especially as it partially coincides with a (separate) planned road closure of Sandown Road.
The City strongly advises residents in the area to, if at all possible, make alternative arrangements regarding their routes and travel times during these road closures, as traffic congestion is expected to be particularly bad during early morning and afternoon peak travel times.
The closure of the lane (as well as the timing of the closure) is unavoidable, as engineers need to divert the underground Chevron effluent line which currently still runs under the Table View MyCiTi station on Blaauwberg Road. Chevron has given the City a limited window of opportunity for this work to be completed.
Starting on Saturday, 25 February 2012, one west bound lane on Blaauwberg Road (immediately adjacent to the MyCiTi station, including approximately 50 metres before the intersection with Raatz Drive) will be closed, along with one right turn lane on Raatz Drive.
These closures will stay in effect until Friday 2 March 2012. During this week, engineers will work in conjunction with Chevron on diverting the underground pipes as planned and ensuring that all safety requirements are met.
Work will continue throughout the day and night. Additional traffic and law enforcement teams will be deployed in the area to assist with the management of traffic flows.
Road users are advised to make alternative arrangements, or to allow for extra travel time in this area. The movement of MyCiTi buses docking at this station will be unaffected, although delays are expected.
The City deeply regrets the disruption caused by the planned closure.
The Sandown Road intersection to the west of the R27 in Bloubergstrand (across from Sunningdale Drive) will be closed to traffic from 20:00 on Friday 24 February 2012 until 05:00 on Monday, 27 February 2012.
Traffic will be diverted to either the Sandown Road North or Porterfield Road intersections where there are traffic signals. These alternative routes will be signposted and the timing of the traffic lights adjusted to assist with traffic flow. MyCiTi buses will also be diverted along these routes.