Lansdowne roads get a facelift

Lansdowne roads receive a facelift.

Roadworks in Lansdowne, including resurfacing and painting road markings, started last week.

The work will take place from Monday to Friday, from 7am and 5pm, until Friday June 17, weather depending, the City said in a press release.

Road resurfacing will happen on Lansdowne Road, between Rouxton Road and Wetton Circle; Blomvlei Road between Lansdowne Road and Jan Smuts Drive; Roy Road between Wetton and Lansdowne roads; Gordon Road between Tolerance and Roy roads; St Joseph’s Road between Lansdowne Road and Hoek Street; Hoek Street between St Joseph’s and Cavell roads; Lotus Road between Lansdowne and Clarewyn roads; and Drayton Road between Lansdowne and Clarewyn roads.

All road markings within Lansdowne will be repainted.

Some of the work would be done at night, from 6.30pm to 5.30am, to prevent congestion on Lansdowne Road, which carried a lot of traffic from Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Philippi during the day, said mayoral committee member for urban mobility councillor Rob Quintas.

Traffic in both directions is affected and flagmen will regulate traffic flow in one direction at a time.

Mr Quintas urged the public to comply with their instructions and relevant signage.

“We need residents’ support to prevent delays and to finish the project on time. We are keeping all intersections open during construction, except during night works, where the risk of severe congestion is low.”

The roadworks in Lansdowne include fixing potholes, resurfacing, and repainting road markings.

Lansdowne resident Esmé Davids, said motorists in the queuing traffic had no idea roadworks were happening because there was insufficient signage.

There was only one sign in Repulse Road indicating roadworks in Jane Avenue but nothing in College Road, she said.

“I think that they need to put up better signage to tell drivers that there are roadworks and make it easier for drivers. The other thing they should focus on is replacing road names and direction signs because it is always stolen. I’ve noticed that stop signs are being repainted regularly and also the yellow lanes.”

The roadworks are set to last until Friday June 17.

Ashraf Portland, who works in Lansdowne, said the area needed extra traffic lanes down Turfhall Road to ease congestion. The MyCiTi bus lane was not being used and could be used for that purpose.

He was glad the potholes were being fixed before winter arrived.

“There are also too many robots between Blomvlei Road and the Lansdowne bridge. Traffic really piles up in the morning because the robots do not correspond with each other. It takes 30 minutes to get from Hanover Park robots to Belgravia Road,” he said.