The construction of a free-standing elevated traffic circle for the exclusive use of the MyCiTi bus fleet is set to begin in Hanover Park. The project is a part of the expansion of the MyCiTi service to the metro-south east. It is being carried out by the City of Cape Town’s Urban Mobility Directorate.
The project includes the construction of dedicated lanes for pedestrians and cyclists along Govan Mbeki Drive and at the intersection. The intersection is being upgraded to improve traffic flow, in addition to the traffic circle that the MyCiTi buses will use.
The intersection was reconfigured, turning lanes were defined, traffic signals were improved, and signalization was implemented.
Lane closures at the junction of Govan Mbeki Road and Jan Smuts Drive
The directorate issued a statement recently. In the statement, it alerted the public of the imminent lane closures at the junction of Govan Mbeki Road and Jan Smuts Drive. The lane closures will be in place for at least a year and a half according to Rob Quintas. The latter is the head of urban mobility.
He explained that road construction is always inconvenient. Additionally, he said that with a project of that scale, the impact will, unfortunately, be felt. Therefore, he encouraged people to be patient. He also asked them to bear with them while the construction, set to begin on September 27, is taking place.
To minimize the impact on traffic flow, lane closures have been planned to occur outside of the morning and afternoon peak hours.
Expectations for the free-standing elevated traffic circle construction project
Once completed, it is expected that the planned circle will reach 6.2 meters above the ground.
According to the city, its goal in hosting the route exclusively for MyCiTi buses is to make sure that the service goes as smoothly as possible between Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha as well as Wynberg and Claremont without being slowed by traffic on the intersection’s ground level.