Dual carriageway for congested Darwin Road

Work has started on the Darwin Road dual carriageway.

The City of Cape Town is building a new dual carriageway to ease gridlock on one of the area’s congested roads.

Work got under way recently on Darwin Road.

“This work forms part of a broader road improvement project to upgrade Darwin Road. Construction will take place in a phased approach to minimise disruption to traffic and residents in the area,” said Felicity Purchase, the mayoral committee member for transport.

Work will happen on weekdays between 7.30am and 5.30pm and on some Saturdays if the need arises.

The project was expected to take eight months, weather permitting, Ms Purchase said.

The dual carriageway was part of a broader improvement of roads and traffic management in Kraaifontein, she said.

The project includes new street lights, cycling lanes and pavements.

“The City will try to ensure that the work is done with minimal impact on traffic,” Ms Purchase said.

Labourers were digging trenches on the side of the road this week.

“This road is always busy at the most inconvenient times, even when it’s not peak hours, so this is, without a doubt, a welcome development,” said resident Carlisle Iverson.

An Uber driver, who only gave his name as Simba, said he had clients at Buh Rein, a nearby estate, and he any work to make the road less congested would help his business.

“This road is always packed with cars,” he said. “Two lanes going out and two lanes going in are going to be very helpful to me and other motorists.”

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