Congestion expected while Klipfontein Road is resurfaced

A car navigates a flooded Klipfontein Road. The city has warned that commuters can expect congestion during the resurfacing of the road this month.

The City has warned that congestion can be expected when it starts with the resurfacing of Klipfontein Road this week.

The municipality will start resurfacing of a section of Klipfontein Road between the M5 off-ramp and Herbrand Street in Sybrand Park in Athlone on Monday February 28.

“This portion of Klipfontein Road was selected for resurfacing as it is a major link from the M5 heading into Athlone. The portion of road has experienced surface and intermittent base failures, and if we do not intervene now it will require more intense rehabilitation going forward, said mayoral committee member for urban mobility Rob Quintas.

The project would take about four weeks if all went to plan, he said, asking the public to be patient if they experienced any inconvenience or delays.

The work will take place from Monday February 28 until Tuesday March 22, Mondays to Saturdays between 9am and 4pm, weather permitting.

The section covers a distance of 615 meters over two lanes, which become three lanes in the direction of Herbrand Street. This maintenance project entails the replacement of the existing asphalt surface to a depth of 50mm and the installation of new bridge joints to the Garlandale Road over the rail bridge deck. In addition, repairs to the handrail at the top of the bridge will also be done.

Traffic moving in both directions of Klipfontein Road will be affected as work is scheduled to take place on both carriageways. At least one lane will be open to traffic in each direction along Klipfontein Road and all lanes would be reopened to traffic by 4pm unless something unforeseen occurs.

Congestion is expected, and commuters are advised to consider alternative routes as far as possible.

Call the Transport Information Centre (toll-free, 24/7) on 0800 65 64 63 or email for more information.