R22,5m road upgrades to improve peak traffic flows
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Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners’ Association (CCPOA), says any successful mixed-use development of the size of Century City, particularly one that includes a major regional shopping centre, generates heavy traffic flows especially in the morning and afternoon peaks and over holiday periods.
“Apart from the odd occasion when a major traffic incident in Century City or a bottleneck on the surrounding national and/or arterial roads has adversely impacted on Century City traffic flows, traffic within the precinct generally keeps moving even at peak traffic times. During peak periods however, some of the main exits do experience congestion due to traffic backing up from the surrounding road network.
“The CCPOA is taking extensive measures to further improve peak traffic flows while the developer of Century City, Rabie Property Group, has committed to additional infrastructure upgrade projects which should significantly improve the traffic capacity and flow, particularly on Sable Road, and more than mitigate the extra traffic expected from additional projects coming on stream.”
He said the combined additional developments being undertaken in the new conference precinct were expected to generate an additional 1000 vehicles in peak traffic hours. In the morning, about 80% of these will be inbound with the reverse situation in the afternoon.
Infrastructure projects due for completion in the second half of 2015 include the creation of an additional left turn only lane from Bosmansdam Road into Century Avenue; the creation of an additional permanent left lane out of the Bridgeways precinct into Sable Road with a dedicated free flowing left turn onto the collector distributor road (the road running parallel to the N1); a queue jump lane for MyCiTi Buses on Sable Road to improve travel time to the railway station and a free flowing left hand turn from the N1 Exit 10 off-ramp into Sable Road going west towards Century City.
“The traffic engineers say these measures will reduce the average afternoon peak hour waiting time (at the intersection of Sable Road with the west ramp terminal of the N1) of 31 seconds per vehicle to just 15 seconds per vehicle. A saving of over 50% even after taking into account the expected increase in vehicular traffic generated by Bridgeways.
“These measures are also expected to help alleviate the peak north bound traffic congestion at the Steel Bridge on the other side of Century City as motorists will now have the option of taking the dedicated left lane on Sable Road leading to the collector distributor road.”