Road upgrades improve traffic flows
Peak traffic flows at Century City have dramatically improved with the recent completion of major infrastructure upgrades including the widening of Sable Road.
Infrastructure projects recently completed at a cost of around R22million by the developer of Century City, Rabie Property Group, 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 new 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 the MyCiTi Bus on Sable Road to improve travel time to the railway station and a free flowing left hand turn from the N1 Exit 10 offramp into Sable Road going west towards Century City.
Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners’ Association, the non-profit company responsible for the day to day running of the Century City precinct, said these road upgrades had made a significant difference particularly to peak hour traffic on Ratanga/Sable Road and morning peak hour traffic on Bosmansdam Road.
“It has also made a difference to traffic flows under the Steel Bridge as many motorists are opting to exit Century City via Sable Road even when they are travelling in a northerly direction.”
He said there were still areas of concern, most notably the Bosmansdam/Montague Drive/Century Avenue intersection in the afternoon peak traffic.
“We understand this is due to hardware issues with the signals and it is being addressed by the engineers as a matter of urgency.
“The afternoon traffic congestion is also due to the volume of traffic exiting from Montague Gardens. A wider Macro Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) has indicated the need for a new interchange off the N7 at Link Road which will provide a second access/egress point for Montague Gardens and will significantly alleviate traffic congestion on Bosmansdam Road.
“This falls out of Century City’s ambit of control but we are hopeful the authorities will prioritise this capital expenditure project.”
Blackshaw says the CCPOA has been taking additional measure to alleviate peak hour traffic congestion which were also having a positive impact.
“Our CCPOA CCTV operators keep a special look out for anything out of the ordinary on the Century City and surrounding road network and response vehicles are immediately despatched to deal with any problems that are identified.
“In addition the timings of the traffic signals are constantly monitored and any required adjustments are immediately reported to the City of Cape Town’s Traffic Management Centre (TMC) for attention. The eight CCTV cameras that were erected in 2014 to focus on traffic management have greatly improved the Century City Control Centre visibility and response times.”
He says two City of Cape Town Traffic Officers based at Century City are deployed to assist with the management of traffic congestion particularly during peak hours when required and if necessary to assist with point duties.
“Furthermore, three Variable Messaging System (VMS) electronic boards to assist with traffic guidance within Century City have so far been installed on Century Boulevard and these are used to direct traffic to particular parking areas and to convey messages about traffic congestion both within Century City and on the surrounding road network – for example to warn motorists there is a truck broken down on the N1 and to advise them to use an alternative route.”
Colin Green, a director of Rabie Property Group, added that consulting engineers are currently busy with a revised macro Traffic Impact Assessment for Century City that will look at the most effective solution for the proposed Central Interchange – a new bridge over the N1 which will provide increased accessibility for both east-bound and west-bound traffic in due course.