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Cape Town seeks investors to tackle unfinished highways

Foreshore Freeway Bridge at night.

Cape Town’s Foreshore Freeway Precinct highways have been unfinished for almost 50 years. Now the city hopes private investment will complete the job.

Cape Town’s traffic planners and engineers were a little too optimistic in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Work was started on elevated highway sections in the Western, Central and Eastern areas around the city’s Foreshore Freeway Precinct sector.

But lower than expected traffic growth and tight budgets lead to the scrapping of the project. The result was that some highway sections came to an abrupt stop in midair. 

Traffic demand has increased over the decades, and the unfinished roads tie up valuable land so Cape Town’s local government intends to deal with the highways with help from the private sector.

“This is why the city will, on 8 July 2016, issue a document calling on prospective investors and developers, or a consortium, to provide us with a solution which will address the challenges we are currently facing in this precinct,” said executive mayor Patricia de Lille, in a speech this Tuesday (21 June). 

“This document – called the Prospectus for the Development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct – will provide interested parties with all of the necessary information about the city-owned land that we will make available to the private sector in return for the provision of road infrastructure and a development that will drive sustainable economic growth.”

Whether the highways will be finished, demolished or reconfigured is to be left to the bidders for the project. 

 

 

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