Cogmanskloof Road Upgrade Archived Information

This document contains a complete record of all articles, reports, bulletins, and newsflashes about the road construction project that have been published via the Montagu Liaison Committee on the website www.montagu.org.za.  

Table of Contents

2015-07-25        Article 1 about project on webpage

2015-08-25        Article 2 about project on webpage

2015-09-25        Montagu Liaison Committee Role

2015-09-25        Project Status Update

2015-10-x        Email: Initial project information session

2015-10-28        Article 3 about project on webpage

2015-10-28        Bulletin: Construction Update

2015-11-04        Bulletin: Blasting in Cogmanskloof

2015-11-19        Bulletin: Construction Progress Update

2015-12-03        Bulletin: Construction Update, Sidewalk Widths, Holiday Arrangements

2015-12-04        Newsflash: Low Water Bridge on Du Toit Street Closed

2016-01-14        Newsflash: Speeding along Van Riebeeck Street

2016-01-18        Newsflash: Blasting in Cogmanskloof tomorrow, 19 January 2015

2016-01-20        Blasting Schedule

2016-02-17        Bulletin: Construction Update & Montagu Phases

2016-03-10        Blasting Schedule

2016-04-22        Newsflash: Crane at Ashton Bridge

2016-05-26        Bulletin: Revised Construction Phases and Programme in Montagu

2016-05-26        Blasting Schedule

2016-05-27        Blasting Schedule Corrections

2016-06-21        Blasting Schedule

2016-08-27        Bulletin: Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street

2016-08-29        Blasting Schedule

2016-09-06        Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Pass Closed due to Water Pipe Burst

2016-09-07        Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Pass Closed due to Water Pipe Burst – Update

2016-09-09        Bulletin: Du Toit Street Stormwater Installation Phase 1

2016-09-16        Newsflash: Extended Working Hours and Barry Street Intersection Closure

2016-09-19        Email: Temporary Construction Storage Area in Long Street

2016-09-23        Newsflash: Ring-Road Interrupted due to Water Pipe Burst

2016-09-28        Blasting Schedule

2016-10-11        Newsflash: Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street and Services Installation in Long Street

2016-10-19        Bulletin: Services Installation between Du Toit and Cross Street

2016-10-25        Newsflash: Site Closure for Long Weekend

2016-10-25        Blasting Schedule

2016-11-09        Newsflash: Temporary Closure of the Cross/Long Street Intersection

2016-11-21        Newsflash: Intermittent Road Closures at Van der Merwe Bridge, Montagu

2016-12-07        Bulletin: Construction Update and Holiday Arrangements

2017-01-17        Bulletin: Services Installation Update and Ring-Road Implementation

2017-02-09        Bulletin: Closure of Du Toit Street at Low Water Bridge

2017-02-09        Bulletin: Electrical Services Installation in Long Street

2017-02-16        Newsflash: Electrical Services Installation Update

2017-02-20        Newsflash: Electrical Services Installation Update

2017-02-20        Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Closure during Blasting Timeslot

2017-02-21        Bulletin: Closure of R60 & Zandvliet Road Intersection

2017-03-01        Bulletin: Services Installation in Long Street (from Kohler St to Market St)

2017-03-28        Bulletin: Traffic Violations

2017-03-10        Bulletin: Services Installation in Long Street and Closure of Market Street

2017-03-13        Bulletin: Station Way Detour in Ashton

2017-03-31        Bulletin: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street – Phase 2: 31 March – 19 April 2017

2017-04-04        Bulletin: Two-Way Traffic past Montagu Spar

2017-04-06        Bulletin: Easter Holiday Site Closure

2017-04-21        Bulletin: Continuation of Services Installation Between Church and Cross Streets

2017-05-18        Bulletin: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street: Phase 3 and 4

2017-05-02        Newsflash: Water supply disruption on Wednesday, 3 May 2017

2017-05-24        Newsflash: Du Toit Street Construction zones

2017-05-31        Bulletin: Blasting at Voortrekker Bridge on Thursday, 8 June 2017

2017-06-16        Bulletin: Construction Programme Update

2017-06-19        Bulletin: Detour via Zandvliet Rd in Ashton, 19-23 June 2017

2017-07-26        Bulletin: Closure of Long Street between Barry and Church Streets, Montagu on 27 July 2017

2017-08-14        Bulletin: Stormwater system installation in Church Street, Montagu

2017-10-05        Bulletin: Montagu Construction Update

2017-11-09        Bulletin: Montagu Construction Update

2016-01-18        Newsflash: Blasting in Cogmanskloof tomorrow, 19 January 2015

2016-01-20        Blasting Schedule

2016-02-17        Bulletin: Construction Update & Montagu Phases

2016-03-10        Blasting Schedule

2016-04-22        Newsflash: Crane at Ashton Bridge

2016-05-26        Bulletin: Revised Construction Phases and Programme in Montagu

2016-05-26        Blasting Schedule

2016-05-27        Blasting Schedule Corrections

2016-06-21        Blasting Schedule

2016-08-27        Bulletin: Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street

2016-08-29        Blasting Schedule

2016-09-06        Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Pass Closed due to Water Pipe Burst

2016-09-07        Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Pass Closed due to Water Pipe Burst – Update

2016-09-09        Bulletin: Du Toit Street Stormwater Installation Phase 1

2016-09-16        Newsflash: Extended Working Hours and Barry Street Intersection Closure

2016-09-19        Email: Temporary Construction Storage Area in Long Street

2016-09-23        Newsflash: Ring-Road Interrupted due to Water Pipe Burst

2016-09-28        Blasting Schedule

2016-10-11        Newsflash: Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street and Services Installation in Long Street

2016-10-19        Bulletin: Services Installation between Du Toit and Cross Street

2016-10-25        Newsflash: Site Closure for Long Weekend

2016-10-25        Blasting Schedule

2016-11-09        Newsflash: Temporary Closure of the Cross/Long Street Intersection

2016-11-21        Newsflash: Intermittent Road Closures at Van der Merwe Bridge, Montagu

2016-12-07        Bulletin: Construction Update and Holiday Arrangements

2017-01-17        Bulletin: Services Installation Update and Ring-Road Implementation

2017-02-09        Bulletin: Closure of Du Toit Street at Low Water Bridge

2017-02-09        Bulletin: Electrical Services Installation in Long Street

2017-02-16        Newsflash: Electrical Services Installation Update

2017-02-20        Newsflash: Electrical Services Installation Update

2017-02-20        Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Closure during Blasting Timeslot

2017-02-21        Bulletin: Closure of R60 & Zandvliet Road Intersection

2017-03-01        Bulletin: Services Installation in Long Street (from Kohler St to Market St)

2017-03-28        Bulletin: Traffic Violations

2017-03-10        Bulletin: Services Installation in Long Street and Closure of Market Street

2017-03-13        Bulletin: Station Way Detour in Ashton

2017-03-31        Bulletin: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street – Phase 2: 31 March – 19 April 2017

2017-04-04        Bulletin: Two-Way Traffic past Montagu Spar

2017-04-06        Bulletin: Easter Holiday Site Closure

2017-04-21        Bulletin: Continuation of Services Installation Between Church and Cross Streets

2017-05-18        Bulletin: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street: Phase 3 and 4

2017-05-02        Newsflash: Water supply disruption on Wednesday, 3 May 2017

2017-05-24        Newsflash: Du Toit Street Construction zones

2017-05-31        Bulletin: Blasting at Voortrekker Bridge on Thursday, 8 June 2017

2017-06-16        Bulletin: Construction Programme Update

2017-06-19        Bulletin: Detour via Zandvliet Rd in Ashton, 19-23 June 2017

2017-07-26        Bulletin: Closure of Long Street between Barry and Church Streets, Montagu on 27 July 2017

2017-08-14        Bulletin: Stormwater system installation in Church Street, Montagu

2017-10-05        Bulletin: Montagu Construction Update

2017-12-06        Newsflash: Construction zones in Montagu

2017-12-11        Bulletin: 2017 Construction Progress & Holiday Arrangements

2018-03-09        Bulletin: Road Construction Update

2018-03-09        Bulletin: Blasting in Cogmanskloof to resume

2018-03-14        Newsflash: Closure of Van Riebeeck Street

2018-05-17        Blasting schedule

2018-06-05        Bulletin: Basil Read Road Construction Update

2018-06-11        Blasting schedule

2018-06-11        Newsflash: Blasting in Cogmanskloof temporarily suspended

2018-06-21        Newsflash: Basil Read Business Rescue and Cogmanskloof Road Construction

2018-07-27        Bulletin: Basil Read Business Rescue Process

2018-08-14        Newsflash: Road Construction Project C818 Status Update

2018-08-24        Western Cape Government Press Release:  Roadworks delayed between Ashton and Montagu

2018-08-28        Newsflash: Road maintenance in interim period

2018-09-06        Newsflash: Interim Managing Contractor

2018-09-20        Bulletin: Detour via Zandvliet Road in Ashton, September 2018

2018-09-26        Newsflash: Detour via Zandvliet Road in Ashton, September 2018

2018-10-05        Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Closure during Blasting Time Slot

2018-11-09        Newsflash: Detour via Zandvliet Road in Ashton, Monday, 12 November 2018

2018-11-12        Newsflash: Detour via Zandvliet Road in Ashton, Tuesday, 13 November 2018

2018-11-12        Newsflash: Coronation Double Century Cycling Event - Road Closures

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2015-07-25        Article 1 about project on webpage

Written by the Montagu.org.za Team

Date: 2015-07-24

Original title: Gateway to Montagu to receive makeover

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Gateway to Montagu to receive makeover

The upgrading of the TR31 (Main Road 31) between Ashton &Montagu, was scheduled to commence on the 24th July, but will likely now kick off somewhere around the middle of August.

Actual article:

The upgrading of the TR31 (Main  Road 31, between Ashton & Montagu) was scheduled to commence on the 24th July, but will likely now kick off somewhere around the middle of August.

A meeting between the Consulting Engineers of the project and the Langeberg Municipality will be convened within the next few weeks ,  where after the Municipality will act  as the liaison between the  project's construction team and the various community forums to disseminate information on an ongoing basis with regards the programme, traffic arrangements & co-ordination (overall progress) as far as they are able to.

All parties involved in this project have undertaken to work together as closely as possible in order to minimise the unavoidable disruptions that could be caused during the construction period. While everyone is excited and working towards a hugely successful outcome of this project ,  members of the public are asked to exercise patience during this time.

The planning for the much-needed upgrade to the road  - from Ashton to Montagu as well as the Cogmans Kloof Pass - started  more than 5 years ago.

Many role players and interest groups were consulted over this period, including: Tourism, the Business Sector, Heritage, the Mountain Reserve, Nature Conservation, etc.

Not only improved features such as more attractive and safer 'outspan areas' - where tourists can stop off to stretch legs, have a picnic bite to eat and to take some photographs - will be added , but many safety upgrades will be introduced  as well,  eg. elevating the road in sections that are usually heavily affected when the river is in flood. This, together with the improvements planned for our bridges could mean no more need to close the pass  during heavy rains. Other improvements include the softening of some of the sharp curves along the road and also the redesigning of the  T-junction turn-off to Swellendam. A smoother traffic flow and improved visibility at these areas will be effected.

After years of unhappiness Long Street will also be receiving attention : the introduction of more greening,  safety features:  eg. pavements and narrowing of the road in places, traffic flow, etc  are now receiving consideration

The Langeberg, especially Montagu, has seen a tremendous growth in Tourism over these past few years . With the added  awareness of Route 62 - which is very much a buzz word by now -  the journey has become very important.

The welcome additions and improvements to our scenic entrance can only boost our appeal even more.

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2015-08-25        Article 2 about project on webpage

Written by the Montagu.org.za Team

Date: 2015-08-25

Original title: TR31 Road Upgrade – Project Summary

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TR31 Road Upgrade – Project Summary

The rehabilitation of 13,4km of TR31 from Ashton to Montagu through Cogmanskloof is scheduled to begin during the course of September 2015 and will take roughly 36 months (3 years) to complete.

Actual article:

Cogmans Pass / TR31 Road Upgrade

Rehabilitation of 13,4km of TR31 from Ashton to Montagu through Cogmanskloof.

It is scheduled to begin during the course of September 2015 and will take roughly 36 months (3 years) to complete.

About the upgrade

The works include the reconstruction and widening of the existing pavement layers through the town of Ashton to an undivided dual carriageway, reconstruction and widening of existing pavement layers of the single carriageway road through Cogmanskloof, and the reconstruction of the existing pavement layers through the town of Montagu. 

The uprgade includes Cogmanskloof and urban portions through the towns of Ashton and Montagu. The locality of the road sections to be upgraded is indicated on the route map below:

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Three of the existing river bridges are to be replaced with new structures. These are the bridge at km 17,8 (Ashton), km 22,2 (Boy Retief Bridge) and km 25,8 (Voortrekker Bridge before Montagu). 

As part of the rehabilitation of the road, the storm water systems are to be upgraded, existing street lighting is to be replaced in Ashton and Montagu and the road signs and markings are to be improved. Several services also need to be protected, relocated and moved throughout the contract area. 

Retaining walls on both the mountain and river side of the road will have to be installed, and flood protection measures implemented at critical areas and at bridge sites using mostly packed rip-rap and grouted stone pitching. 

The accommodation of the traffic during construction will be a very important aspect of the works and dictates the sequence of construction at any point in time.

Limits of construction

The reconstruction of this part of Trunk Road 31 (TR31) starts at km 15,370 of Section 2, about 140 meters west of the intersection with Divisional Road 1365 (Zandvliet) on the western side of Ashton and ends at km 1,42 of Section 3, about 180 meters beyond the Van der Merwe bridge on the eastern side of Montagu, a total distance of 13,224 kilometers. (TR31 Section 2 ends at km 27,224 at the intersection of Long Street and Kerk Street in Montagu at which point it becomes TR31 Section 3 (Km0.0). The project also includes the reconstruction of 600m of DR1373

Accommodation of traffic

As per AoT sequencing is indicated below

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As per the current preliminary programme, phases are scheduled to take place as follows:

1. Montagu - September 2015 to September 2016

2. Ashton - October 2016 to April 2018 (minor works to take place after Ashton Bridge launch May 2018)

3. Cogmanskloof - Closures from January 2016 to June 2018

Road Closures in Ashton

A detailed Traffic Accommodation Plan is currently being developed to ensure access is maintained to all residents and business throughout the construction duration.

Road Closures in Montagu

A detailed Traffic Accommodation Plan is currently being developed to ensure access is maintained to all residents and business throughout the construction duration.

Road Closures through Cogmanskloof:

A Stop-Go closure allowing 1 way traffic will be implemented, closing no more than a 2km stretch at any one time.

No road closures are due to take place during peak times of Easter Holidays and December Break

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2015-09-25        Montagu Liaison Committee Role

Written by the Montagu Liaison Committee

Date: 2015-09-25

Original title: Montagu Liaison Committee

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Montagu Liaison Committee

The MLC (Montagu Liaison Committee) has been established to co-ordinate communications between the community and the Municipality / AECOM and Basil Read on matters related to the reconstruction of the TR/31 between Ashton and Montagu. 

This Committee is broadly representative of the community on a Sector basis, and groupings of Interested & Affected Parties (IAPs). For more information on the MLC structure and the people who serve on it, click here to download.

Copy of MLC Structure accessible via link above:

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2015-09-25        Project Status Update

Written by the Montagu Liaison Committee

Date: 2015-09-25

Original title: Situation Report #1

This report was emailed to all people subscribed to the mailing list.  A link was posted on the webpage to download this report.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Situation Reports


Report 1 (29 September 2015)

An Interim situation report on current status - click here to download 

Copy of Report 1 accessible via the link above:

Situation Report #1

The MLC (Montagu Liaison Committee) has been established to co-ordinate communications between the community and the Municipality / AECOM and Basil Read on matters related to the reconstruction of the TR/31 between Ashton and Montagu. A summary of the TR/31 upgrade from Basil Read can be found on: www.montagu.org.za.

The MLC is broadly representative of the community on a Sector basis, and groupings of Interested & Affected Parties (IAPs).  For more information on the MLC structure visit:  www.montagu.org.za

Each Sector has a nominated representative and an alternate. Additional Sectors and/or IAPs can be added at any stage, particularly if they find they cannot be adequately represented within the existing MLC structure.

To facilitate and co-ordinate the process, the MLC has appointed a four-person executive.

Namely: Terry McCulloch, Dawie van Deventer, Ron Brunings and Ronel Preston,.

The MLC’s first meeting with the Municipality, scheduled for 15 September, and the second, scheduled for 23 September, were postponed. A third date from the Municipality is awaited.

The key points for this first meeting will be to obtain as much detailed information as possible regarding the construction program, priorities, starting dates, traffic plans etc.,  and for the MLC to table some of the many questions the community have already raised.

We are aware that AECOM and Basil Read have been meeting with various parties, businesses –and the Junior School- on Long Street, to find workable solutions to traffic and pedestrian flows.

The outcome and an official communication in this regard, and other related traffic issues, should be available shortly.

Please note that all information secured by the MLC will be disseminated by way of Situation Reports; the Montagu Web site; the local and social media, as soon as it becomes available.

The Municipality may also elect to distribute information via their established channels. Their SMS system is obviously well suited to put out brief messages at short notice as work progresses.

Questions which members of the community may wish the MLC to table when meeting with the Municipality should be addressed to their MLC Sector representatives, or alternatively to:

Terry McCulloch: terry.mcculloch@telkomsa.net

Ronel Preston :ronelpreston@montagu.org.za

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2015-10-x        Email: Initial project information session

Written by the Montagu Liaison Committee

Date: 2015-10-x

Original title: Situation Report #2

Not published on webpage; Email sent to MLC and distributed via sector heads.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Situation Report #2

TR31

On October 15, 2015, in the Montagu Municipal Boardroom, AECOM, with members of the Basil Read construction team and Municipal Management in attendance, gave the Montagu Liaison Committee (MLC) a comprehensive briefing on the TR31 Project’s status and forward plan.  

The primary focus was on Long Street and written responses to the questions the MLC had tabled in advance of the meeting.

This note summarises the presentation and the issues discussed.

Long Street Program

The work involving the location and inspection of the services under Long Street is almost complete and the reconstruction program is underway.

Work will be restricted to one lane/side of Long Street and the adjacent pavement at a time.

The adjacent lane will remain open, but for the full duration of the program traffic on Long Street will move from west to east, i.e. from the Voortrekker Bridge in west, to the Van Der Merwe Bridge in the east where Long Street connects to the R62 to Barrydale.

To facilitate the diversion of traffic to Van Riebeeck Street,the intersection at the Voortrekker Bridge is being realigned. This will improve the safety of the intersection and align Long Street with the new bridge.

Minor changes to deal with storm water will be made at the entrance to Van Riebeeck Street on the Barrydale side, but no changes to Van Riebeeck Street along the Nature Garden boundary are planned.

From the western entrance of Van Riebeeck Street up to the Nature Garden, traffic will be two-way.However, from the R62 entrance to the Nature Garden, the road will become confined to one-way traffic from east to west.

This means that traffic on van Riebeeck Street wanting to proceed to Barrydale, or to gain access to Bath Street or the rest of Montagu and theR318, will have to divert to and cross Long Street by using either Church or Du Toit Street.

Directional signage will be erected at all the appropriate points for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.    

Work on Long Street and the adjacent pavement will start on the northern side i.e. the left lane moving from west to east. This is where most of the services, such as water, sewerage, various  cables and Leiwater Channel s are located, and consequently the side with the greatest  degree of complexity. Most of these services will require replacement or refurbishment.

Construction on each side will be divided into 5 sections, as shown on the diagram below.

Work will start on the outer endsi.e. Sections A and B as per Diagram 1. When complete, work on Sections C and D will follow. The final and middle Section E, opposite Spar and the service station, will be completed by approximately October 2016.

Traffic then switches over to the completed northern side, butwill still move in one direction from west to east.

The same construction schedule is then repeated on the southern side. As there are fewer service related issues on this side it will take less time to complete.

If the program proceeds according to plan, Long Street will be fully operational by the middle of 2017.

During the reconstruction of both the northern and southern sides of Long Street, access to Rose,Barry, Church,Kohler and Du Toit Streets will require closure for short periods of time as and when construction reaches their respective intersections with Long Street. Since Long Street will be   excavated to a depth of 0.5 meters before compacting and resurfacing, the need for these temporary closures will be essential.

Access to businesses and residential properties on Long Street  will be similarly affected by the excavations.   Where motor vehicle access has to be restricted, Basil Read/AECOM will liaise with the affected parties and advise them of the time required to excavate and refill the road in a manner that will allow safe access.

Accessto the Junior School, Spar and Service Station will be maintained for the full duration of the program through the use of Church and Du ToitStreets, or by means of temporary crossings over the lane under construction on Long Street. It will however,call for the co-operation and patience of all concerned.

The dimensions of the reconstructed Long Street are defined in Diagram 2 below.

Bridges & Cogmanskloof

The project involves the rebuilding and reposition of three bridges. Namely the Voortrekker , Boy Retief and Ashton Bridges.

Work on these bridges, as well as a number of selected areas in Cogmanskloof, some of it involving blasting (primarily the protruding rock structure close the tunnel), will start within the next few months.

This will mean that traffic through Cogmanskloof will be confined to one lane for relatively short distances from time to time. Controlled stoppages should not exceed twenty minutes.

When blasting is required, stoppages in both directions could last for up to two hours.

The most suitable times for blasting is under review with the principle road users, farmers  and service entities. Once agreed, adequate notice of the dates and times will be posted via the Municipal SMS system,  website,  social media and signage along the road.

The existing trees on Long Street will be preserved.  Planting of additional trees is under review and new street lights will be installed.

Points To Note.

Questions & Answers

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2015-10-28        Article 3 about project on webpage

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2015-10-28

Original title: Cogmanskloof Project: Montagu Information  

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Cogmanskloof Project: Montagu Information  

This article will summarise a few details of the project and the scope of work around Montagu.  It will also give an indication of the phases of construction and when they will happen.  The traffic flow during construction in Montagu will be explained.  The impacts on access to properties along Long Street will be addressed.  Lastly, options of communication with the project team will be stated.

Project extent

This project is titled Rehabilitation of 13.4 km of TR31 from Ashton to Montagu through Cogmanskloof.  The project entails the reconstruction of the road from the West of Ashton (km 15.4 of TR31/2), through Cogmanskloof, and through Montagu to the East of Montagu (km 1.4 of TR31/3).  

Road numbering and terminology

“TR31” is the abbreviation of Trunk Road 31, which is the provincial roads department’s name for the piece of road consisting of sections of the R60 and R62.  TR31 consists of several sections, which are indicated as TR31/1 (Trunk Road 31 Section 1), TR31/2 (Trunk Road 31 Section 2) etc.

For interest, TR31/2 ends at the intersection of Long Street and Church Street in Montagu, from where TR31/3 begins.  

The road is always viewed in increasing kilometre-values (similar to stake values, abbreviated with “SV”), and as such the left-hand side of the road will always be to the left when looking towards increasing kilometre-values.  The left-hand side (LHS) of TR31 in Montagu (Long Street) will therefore always be the northern half of the road, which is the traffic lane driving towards Barrydale.  Conversely, the right-hand side (RHS) of TR31 in Montagu will always be the southern half of the road.

Scope of work

The project entails the reconstruction of the road from the West of Ashton (km 15.4 of TR31/2), through Cogmanskloof, and through Montagu to the East of Montagu (km 1.4 of TR31/3).  The road width through Ashton will be increased slightly, while 1.5m shoulders will be added to both the left-hand side (LHS) and right-hand side (RHS) of the road through Cogmanskloof.  The road width through Montagu will remain unchanged.  The project also includes the reconstruction of 600m of DR1373 (Van Riebeeck Street).

The project includes the replacement of three of the existing river bridges.  These bridges are at km 17.8 (Ashton Bridge, B2666), km 22.2 (Boy Retief Bridge, B2642) and km 25.8 (Voortrekker Bridge, B2466) - see Diagram 1 for the location of the bridges.  Furthermore, the bridges at km 23.59 (Billy Loftus Bridge, B2643) and km 1.24 (Van der Merwe Bridge, B2645) will remain as is apart from the erosion and scour protection that will be done.  The erosion and scour protection include the construction of concrete pavements with cut-off walls on the approaches, and grouted stone pitching and rip-rap to protect the road and river banks.  

The project will also include the upgrading of storm water systems, street lighting in Montagu and Ashton and the relocation and protection of existing services and the installation of new services.

Diagram 1: Project location and extent

Summary of work in and around Montagu

The work in and around Montagu will include the following:

Summary of work in Cogmanskloof

The work in Cogmanskloof will include the following:

Phases of construction

The project construction phases is indicated in Diagram 2.  According to the preliminary programme, phases are scheduled to take place as follows:

  1. Montagu (phases M1, M2, and M3) - September 2015 to end of 2016 (or early 2017)
  2. Ashton (phases A1 to A5) – end of 2016 (or early 2017) to mid 2018 (minor works to take place after Ashton Bridge launch)
  3. Cogmanskloof (phases C1 to C8 and S1 to S6) - November 2015 to June 2018.

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Diagram 2: Project construction phases

Construction phases in Montagu

The construction in Montagu is scheduled to be conducted in the following three phases (also see Diagram 3):

Diagram 3:  Montagu construction phases

Both Phase M2 and Phase M3 will be divided into shorter work sections as indicated by A, B, C, D and E in Diagram 4.  

Diagram 4:  Work sections in Montagu

Estimated construction periods

The project will take three years to complete.  The project officially started in July 2015, whereafter establishment on site took a few months.  This not only included the building of temporary site offices, but also the paperwork to comply with labour, health & safety, and other applicable legislation.  The construction work will pick up speed in October and November, and more activity will be visible to the public.

Duration of construction in Montagu

The planning indicates that the following construction sequence will be followed in Montagu:

It is specifically noted that the durations stated may change as a results of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen physical conditions encountered during the construction but the aim is to limit the impact that the construction activities may have on the community of Montagu to a bare minimum at all times.

Traffic movements during construction

Traffic movement in Montagu

During the construction period for Phases M2 and M3, a one-way traffic system will be implemented in Montagu (see Diagram 5).

Eastbound traffic, travelling from Ashton towards Barrydale, will be accommodated along Long Street and Westbound traffic, travelling from Barrydale towards Ashton, will be accommodated along Van Riebeeck Street (DR1373), creating a “ring road”.

Diagram 5:  Traffic flow in Montagu

Strict one-way traffic conditions will be enforced as follows:

Two-way traffic conditions can be accommodated along Van Riebeeck Street between the western intersection with the R62 (close to Voortrekker Bridge) and the eastern boundary of the urban area.

Road signs will be installed to guide both vehicles and pedestrians when and where required to ensure the safe passage of traffic within and through the town.

To travel between the northern part and southern part of Montagu, vehicles may use Church Street, and when weather permits, also Du Toit Street.

During the construction of both Phases M2 and M3, access from Long Street to Rose, Barry, Church, Kohler, Du Toit, Market, and Cross Streets will require closure for short periods of time when construction reaches their respective intersections with Long Street.

Basic information about traffic though Cogmanskloof

Traffic through Cogmanskloof will be confined to one lane for short distances (about 2km) by means of Stop/Go operations.  This will not occur at more than three locations at any one time.  A maximum delay of 20 minutes may be expected at each Stop-Go.  No Stop/Go’s will be in place during the December builder’s holiday.

When blasting is undertaken, the road through Cogmanskloof will be completely closed for traffic for up to two hours.  Blasting will be done on two days per week.  As soon as the details have been finalised, a Bulletin about the blasting schedule will be published in the local media.

Access to properties

When access to properties will be restricted, the project team will liaise with the individual property owners and residents to discuss safe alternative access.  Even though access may be restricted at times, parking will still be possible along most of Long Street.  The road width of Long Street is wide enough to allow one-way traffic while still allowing parking on the shoulder (see Diagram 6).  This means that vehicles may still park on one side of Long Street during construction.  Residents will however be encouraged to park on side streets or at neighbours’ properties when construction is active in front of their properties.

Diagram 6: Road cross section under half-width construction

Access, while with certain restrictions, to the Junior School, Spar and Caltex garage will be maintained for the duration of the project.  It will, however, entail co-operation and patience from the public and road users.

Communication with the Project Team

The Montagu Liaison Committee (MLC) has been established to channel communication between the project team and the public.  The MLC is broadly representative of the community on a sector basis, and groupings of Interested & Affected Parties (IAPs).  For more information on the MLC structure and the people who serve on it, click here to download.  The project team consists of the provincial government and local municipality who will be funding the project, the consulting engineers, AECOM, and the construction company, Basil Read.

The project team will endeavour to send regular updates to the MLC who will then distribute the information.  Important news updates will be published in the local media.  The Montagu.org.za website has a dedicated webpage (http://www.montagu.org.za/news/upgrading-of-cogmans-pass) with all sorts of information about the project.  This webpage will be updated regularly and may be the most efficient way of obtaining updates about the project.

If any person has questions about how the construction work will affect them, they may direct their queries to the MLC.  The contact person at the MLC is Ronel Preston.  Ronel may be contacted via email (ronel@montagu.org.za or ronelpreston@breede.co.za).

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2015-10-28        Bulletin: Construction Update

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2015-10-28

Original title: Bulletin 1 – Project Update

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Current work in Montagu

Basil Read, the construction company, has started to expose existing services in Long Street.  The information about the services available to the project team only indicates the approximate positions and depths of services.  Basil Read therefore has to expose all the services within the work area in order to verify the information we have.  This entails digging holes and trenches by hand until cables, ducts, or pipes are found.  The exact position of the service is then recorded by the surveyor.  This information tells the construction team how many services need to be relocated or protected.  Basil Read can then programme their work more accurately.

Basil Read has also started to do the earthworks to prepare for the road construction on the west of Montagu (between Voortrekker Bridge and the Kloof Padstal).  This preparation entails the removal and stockpiling of topsoil, and other unsuitable material, using an excavator and other machines.  This is part of the roadworks for phase M2B (read the Cogmanskloof Project: Montagu Information article for details about the phases of construction in Montagu).

Upcoming work in Montagu

Basil Read has planned to start with the relocation and protection of services (water, electricity, telecommunications) in Long Street.  They will soon close the left-hand side (northern half, or lane towards Barrydale) of Long Street for traffic in order to start working on the services.  For details about the traffic movement during half-width construction, read the Cogmanskloof Project: Montagu Information article.

Apart from the roadworks in phase M2B, Basil Read will also start with the roadworks in phase M2A soon.  This will entail the reconstruction of the left-hand lane from Cross Street to Van der Merwe Bridge (on the Barrydale side of Montagu).  

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2015-11-04        Bulletin: Blasting in Cogmanskloof

Written by the Project Team

Date published: 2015-11-04

Original title: Bulletin 2 – Blasting in Cogmanskloof

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

As part of the road project, the road alignment will be changed at several locations to improve the safety of the road.  At a few of these locations, blasting of the rock face will be required in order to create space for the new road.  The locations where blasting will be done are:

At these locations, the rock face will be blasted in increments over several months.  The blasting will occur on two days per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) for the next 3 to 6 months.  It is expected that the blasting subcontractor will be on site by the middle of November and that blasting will commence from then on.

In order to blast the rock face safely, and subsequently clear the road surface for traffic, the road through Cogmanskloof needs to be closed for a period of 2 hours for each blast.  The timeslot for the road closure has been determined to be from 11:00 to 13:00.

During the next 3 to 6 months, the road through Cogmanskloof will be closed to traffic at the following times:

With the intention of providing the safest possible environment, the traffic will be prevented from entering Cogmanskloof at 11:00 on the days of blasting.  The traffic will be stopped on the eastern side of Ashton and on the western side of Montagu.  The locations where the traffic will be stopped have been chosen carefully to allow U-turns or detours where possible.  This will allow motorists to choose alternative routes or return to the town centres.  Road signs will warn motorists in advance of the road closures.

The public will be notified of the scheduled road closures via national and local newspapers, national and local radio stations, and road signs on all major routes.  Furthermore, the Montagu.org.za website has a dedicated webpage for the road project with general information about the project as well as regular updates about the construction.  The blasting schedule, as well as important updates, will be posted on Montagu.org.za (http://www.montagu.org.za/news/upgrading-of-cogmans-pass/).

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2015-11-19        Bulletin: Construction Progress Update

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2015-11-19

Original title: Bulletin 3: Construction progress update

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The construction project is underway, and activity can be seen at Voortrekker Bridge, Boy Retief Bridge, and in the vicinity of the Tunnel in Cogmanskloof.

The Coronation Double Century cycle race is taking place on Saturday, 21 November 2015.  The cycle race will be going through Montagu using Van Riebeeck Street.  Van Riebeeck Street will therefore be closed to traffic so that cyclists can travel safely and enjoy the support of spectators.

Due to the use of Van Riebeeck Street for the cycle race, the construction team decided to postpone the implementation of the one-way ring-road system in Montagu to after the event.  The one-way ring-road system in Montagu will be implemented next week (from Monday 23 November 2015).  For more information about the one-way system, please read the main article about the project on the Montagu.org.za website (http://www.montagu.org.za/news/upgrading-of-cogmans-pass/).

After the one-way traffic system is implemented in Montagu, Basil Read will start with the construction of phase M2A (on the left-hand side, eastbound lane (northern half) of the road between Cross Street and the Van der Merwe Bridge).

The blasting in Cogmanskloof is also scheduled to start soon, however, the planning is still being finalised.  It is likely that the blasting will only start in January 2016 due to outstanding clearance from authorities.  The public will be notified of the first blasting date via the Montagu.org.za website.  For more information about the blasting, please read the articles on www.Montagu.org.za.  

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2015-12-03        Bulletin: Construction Update, Sidewalk Widths, Holiday Arrangements

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2015-12-03

Original title: Bulletin 4 - Short update and holiday arrangements

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Construction update: one-way traffic systems implemented

The residents of Montagu have probably seen the one-way traffic control systems that were implemented last week.  The one-way systems currently in operation are to the east of Montagu on Long Street, and on Van Riebeeck Street to the east of the urban area.  

The one-way systems are working well.  However, the construction team appeal to all that they obey the signs.  When vehicles disobey the road signs or travel in the wrong direction, they are putting themselves, and others, at risk.  There is also concern about the vehicles speeding, especially in Van Riebeeck Street.  Early next year, we will implement additional traffic calming measures.  We are aiming to have a safe working environment and appreciate your cooperation!

Blasting in Cogmanskloof

The blasting is Cogmanskloof will start in January 2016 after the schools have opened.  The first day of blasting is currently scheduled to be on 19 January 2016.  Keep an eye on www.montagu.org.za for confirmation closer to the time.

Road and sidewalk widths of Long Street, Montagu

The total road width of Long Street will remain as it is now, i.e. no expropriation has been, or will be, done in Long Street.  This means that the total road width, including the sidewalks, will remain as it is now.  Despite the fact that the proclaimed road reserve is 15m wide, the fences and boundary walls of properties are not aligned.  The distance between the property boundaries actually varies between 14.0m and 16.2m.

After the public raised their concerns about the narrow sidewalks and speeding in Long Street, the road width and sidewalk widths have been reconsidered.  The client subsequently agreed to reduce the shoulder/parking bay area with 200mm so that the sidewalk width may be increased.  The average sidewalk width will now be approximately 1.7m instead of 1.5m.

The new typical road cross section is shown in Figure 1.  The cross section is only a general guide and the actual widths of the sidewalks will vary depending on the property boundaries.

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Figure 1: New typical cross section for Long Street, Montagu

Arrangements for the year-end holidays

The one-way systems that are in place will be taken away so that the full road widths of Long Street and Van Riebeeck Street will be open to traffic over the coming holidays.  The new stop signs that have been implemented will remain in place and should please be obeyed by all.

The construction team will have a small team on site throughout the holidays.  This team will ensure that the road remains safe by, among other things, fixing potholes, and maintaining the road signs.

To report any serious problems or concerns, please call 073-553-2171 or 071-649-0665.

Happy holidays!

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2015-12-04        Newsflash: Low Water Bridge on Du Toit Street Closed

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2015-12-04

Original title: Low water Bridge in Eyssen Street closed to traffic

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Community Newsflash: Low Water Bridge on Du Toit/Eyssen Street is closed

The low water bridge over the Keisie River on Du Toit/Eyssen Street is closed to traffic until further notice.  The bridge has been damaged and is posing a danger to traffic.  The damage to the bridge was caused by scouring on the downstream side through natural water flow in the river.  Once the bridge has been repaired, it will be reopened to traffic.

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2016-01-14        Newsflash: Speeding along Van Riebeeck Street

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-01-14

Original title: Bulletin 5 - Speeding along Van Riebeeck Street – Speed hump introduced

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The construction team has noticed speeding, not only on Van Riebeeck Street, but also in Long Street and through Cogmanskloof.  

One of the measures that has been taken to curb speeding is the installation of new stop-signs at several intersections.  Vehicles are now required to stop when they enter Montagu from Cogmanskloof and from Barrydale.  Vehicles are also required to stop at the intersection of Church Street and Long Street.  Along Van Riebeeck Street, vehicles are required to stop at Eyssen Street, Kohler Street, and Church Street.  

The construction team has also installed a temporary speed hump in Van Riebeeck Street this morning (at the narrowing of the road in the vicinity of Aasvoëlkrans B&B).  This speed hump is very severe and vehicles basically have to come to a stop before driving over the speed hump.  The construction team did not want to implement this speed hump because of how acute it is, however, after receiving continuous complaints from Van Riebeeck residents, the construction team agreed to implement this temporary speed hump.  This hump is so severe that flagmen have to stand alongside the hump to warn vehicles to slow down dramatically.  For this reason, this hump can only be used during the day and have to be removed from the road at night.

A long-term speed hump is being designed and will be implemented on the western side of Van Riebeeck Street.  This long-term speed hump will allow vehicles to travel over it at a reasonable speed.

Van Riebeeck Street, as well as Long Street, are urban zones and a 60km/h speed limit is applicable.  The construction team has found that the addition of more speed limit signs do not decrease the speed of vehicles.

The construction team has requested the support of the traffic department to help reduce speeding and other dangerous traffic violations.  Unfortunately, their capacity is limited and they will not be able to continuously monitor Montagu and Van Riebeeck Street specifically.

The construction team would like to remind the public to obey all traffic rules and be considerate to fellow road users.

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2016-01-18        Newsflash: Blasting in Cogmanskloof tomorrow, 19 January 2015

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-01-18

Original title: Newsflash – Blasting in Cogmanskloof tomorrow, 19 January 2016

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The first blast in Cogmanskloof that will take place tomorrow, 19 January 2016.

Remember that the R62 between Ashton and Montagu will be closed to all traffic at 11:00.  The first blast will be a relatively small blast, and we hope to have the road open to traffic again before 13:00.

Hikers and climbers should evacuate the 1km radius danger zones before 10am.

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Blasting danger zones

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Blasting danger warning sign*

*This diagram was only circulated by e-mail and not published on the montagu.org.za website.

The blasting will take place on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from now on, so plan around this road closure if possible.  Please also remember to inform tourists and guests of the blasting arrangements.

In future, confirmation of the temporary closures may be obtained by visiting the website www.montagu.org.za or by calling 071-649-0665.

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2016-01-20        Blasting Schedule

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-01-20

Original title: Bulletin – Blasting Schedule

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Cogmanskloof Blasting Schedule (January 2016 to March 2016)

Tuesday

19 January 2016

First blast

Thursday

21 January 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

26 January 2016

Blasting

Thursday

28 January 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

02 February 2016

Blasting

Thursday

04 February 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

09 February 2016

Blasting

Thursday

11 February 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

16 February 2016

Blasting

Thursday

18 February 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

23 February 2016

Blasting

Thursday

25 February 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

01 March 2016

Blasting

Thursday

03 March 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

08 March 2016

Blasting

Thursday

10 March 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

15 March 2016

Blasting

Thursday

17 March 2016

Reserved date for possible blast

Tuesday

22 March 2016

No blast - school holidays

Thursday

24 March 2016

No blast - school holidays

Tuesday

29 March 2016

No blast - school holidays

Thursday

31 March 2016

No blast - school holidays

Tuesday

05 April 2016

Blasting commence again

Future dates to be confirmed at a later stage

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2016-02-17        Bulletin: Construction Update & Montagu Phases

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-02-17

Original title: Bulletin - Construction update, including Montagu construction phases

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

This bulletin is a brief update about the current construction work.  It will also summarise a few changes to the construction phasing in and around Montagu.  

Current construction work

In Montagu, the construction of Long Street is in full swing.  Activity can be seen on both the western and eastern sides of town where the left-hand side (LHS) of Long Street has been broken up and new road layers are being built.

The blasting in Cogmanskloof is also progressing well.  The stop-go traffic control is protecting passing vehicles from falling rocks and providing space for the construction work.  The stop-go extends from the Aasvoëlkrans blasting site towards Montagu so that the existing road can be widened on the LHS.  This is a temporary widening so that traffic can be accommodated when the new RHS of the road is built in this section.

Preparations and temporary works are underway at both the Ashton and the Boy Retief bridges.

Implementation of additional stop-go traffic control system

In order for construction work to begin between the intersection of the R60 and R62 (turn-off to Swellendam) and Boy Retief Bridge, another stop-go traffic control system will be implemented.  This will be the second stop-go zone on the project and will increase the total delay affecting traffic driving through Cogmanskloof.  

It is expected that the average delay through Cogmanskloof (including both stop-go zones) will usually not exceed 30 minutes.  Your patience is appreciated.

Phases of construction in Montagu

The construction in Montagu is scheduled to be conducted in the following three phases (also see Diagram 1):

Diagram 1:  Montagu construction phases

Both Phase M2 and Phase M3 will be divided into shorter work sections as indicated in Diagram 2.  Some of the phases shown in Diagram 2 has been merged.  At the moment, the LHS of Section A and the LHS of Sections B & D are under construction.

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Diagram 2:  Work sections in Montagu under construction at 12 February 2016

Duration of construction phases in Montagu

The latest planned construction sequence in Montagu is as follows:

It is specifically noted that the durations stated may change as a results of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen physical conditions encountered during the construction but the aim is to limit the impact that the construction activities may have on the community of Montagu to a bare minimum at all times.

Traffic movements in Montagu

During the construction period for Phases M2 and M3, a one-way traffic system will be implemented in Montagu (see Diagram 3).

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Diagram 3:  Traffic flow in Montagu

Eastbound traffic, travelling from Ashton towards Barrydale, will be accommodated along Long Street and westbound traffic, travelling from Barrydale towards Ashton, will be accommodated along Van Riebeeck Street (DR1373), creating a “ring road”.  

At the moment, two-way traffic is still allowed on the central section of Long Street.  Due to the small turning space available at the intersection of Long Street and Church Street, it is difficult for trucks to turn at this intersection.  Trucks travelling from the Koo Valley or from the Montagu town centre are urged to follow the ring road instead of travelling along Church Street.

The narrow road width on the western section of Van Riebeeck Street has, in conjunction with the high speed of some vehicles, necessitated the one-way traffic direction on the western section of Van Riebeeck Street.

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2016-03-10        Blasting Schedule

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-03-10

Original title: Cogmanskloof Blasting Schedule (March 2016 to May 2016)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Cogmanskloof Blasting Schedule (March 2016 to May 2016)

Thursday

10 March 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

15 March 2016

Blasting

Thursday

17 March 2016

No blasting BUT ROAD CLOSED [from 11am to 1pm]* for maintenance

*inserted on 11/03/2016

Tuesday

22 March 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

24 March 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

29 March 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

31 March 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

5 April 2016

Blasting

Thursday

7 April 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

12 April 2016

Blasting

Thursday

14 April 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

19 April 2016

Blasting

Thursday

21 April 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

26 April 2016

Blasting

Thursday

28 April 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

3 May 2016

Blasting

Thursday

5 May 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

10 May 2016

Blasting

Thursday

12 May 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

17 May 2016

Blasting

Thursday

19 May 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

24 May 2016

Blasting

Thursday

26 May 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

31 May 2016

Blasting

Future dates to be confirmed at a later stage

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2016-04-22        Newsflash: Crane at Ashton Bridge

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-04-22

Original title: Ashton Bridge Crane

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The Basil Read Safety Supervisor has asked us to inform the public that they do not need to be scared of the crane at the Ashton Bridge.  Many people are hesitant of driving underneath the crane arm in the main road of Ashton.  They slow down, and even come to a stop abruptly, when they see the crane arm in the air above the road, and then subsequently block the traffic flow.

They want to assure the public that they do not need to be worried that the crane arm will break.  There are many safety features built into the design that prevent unexpected failure.  The crane will not move any loads over the road without prior arrangement and traffic accommodation.  However, when the crane is not loaded, its arm can turn 360° depending on the wind direction, and it is not a safety risk.

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2016-05-26        Bulletin: Revised Construction Phases and Programme in Montagu

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-05-26

Original title: Revised construction phases in Montagu

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

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Update on Cogmans Kloof Upgrade and Roadworks

A new bulletin has just been released regarding the Cogmanskloof Upgrade and roadworks.  The bulletin includes updates on the following items: 

The delays in progress of the construction in Long Street has now been explained in detail in the newest Bulletin (26 May 2016) on the Montagu Website.  The issues involved include potable water, sewerage, storm water drainage, leiwater channels, electricity, telephone lines, and the connections to all the properties on Long Street. 

The contractors have acknowledged that problems were anticipated, but that they have been far greater and more complex than anticipated during the initial planning.  AECOM and Basil Read assure us that they are very aware of the impact this is having on the businesses; the residential properties on Long Street; traffic flows; and the Montagu community in general. 

Click on this link to take you to the full Report posted by the Construction Team. 

An updated Blasting Schedule has also been released today, you can view it here.

Actual Article:

Bulletin 8:  Revised construction phases in Montagu

This bulletin contains a brief description of the revised construction phases in Montagu, and the reasons for such revision.

Phases of construction in Montagu

Due to several factors, the construction phases in Montagu have been adjusted.  Phases A and C have been merged to form a new, extended, Phase A.  Similarly, Phases B and D have merged to form a new, extended, Phase B.  The middle section, formerly Phase E, will now be slightly shorter and called Phase C.  See Figure 1 for details.

At the moment, the LHS of Phase A (M2A) and the LHS of Phase B (M2B) are under construction.

Figure 1: Revised phases of construction in Montagu

Revised Programme

Due to various reasons, the construction of Phase A and Phase B have taken much longer than anticipated.  This slow progress directly impacts the programming of the other phases in Montagu.  The subsequent result is that the construction of Long Street will only be completed by the end of 2017.

The latest planned construction programme in Montagu is as follows:

Please note that the durations stated may change as a result of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen physical conditions encountered during the construction.

The construction team understands the frustration and inconvenience the road construction has on the residents of Montagu.  The construction team again commits themselves to minimising the disruption to businesses and private residents.  Each property will be visited individually by the construction team before construction commences in a section.  The applicable construction process and consequences will be explained.  If any member of the public has concerns or queries, they can contact the Montagu Liaison Committee (MLC): ronel@montagu.org.za.

Delays in Montagu

There are several factors that have slowed down the progress of construction within Montagu.

New pipeline to Ashbury water reservoir

One of the major unforeseen tasks that came to light was the replacement of the asbestos cement water pump line in Long Street between Market Street and the Van der Merwe Bridge.  

The existing pipeline, supplying water to the Ashbury reservoir from the waterworks on the southern side of Montagu, was too shallow and brittle for the construction of the road to continue.  The waterline has now been replaced with a new 250mm uPVC pipe from Cross Street to the Van der Merwe Bridge.  The extension between Cross Street and Market Street will be done in due course.  

Figure 2: Installation of water main to Ashbury reservoir

Saturated soil conditions

The high water table in the western part of Long Street is a hindrance to construction.  The ground is saturated with water in the area where roadworks is supposed to be underway.  Not only do the two rivers contribute to the high water table, but the irrigation water supplied by the leiwater channels also contribute to ever seeping groundwater.

Even though subsoil drains have been installed and open drainage channels have been dug, the ground was still too wet for construction vehicles to build the lower road layers.  Additional subsoil drains have now been installed to drain the excess water.

Figure 3: Installation of subsoil drains

Review of stormwater design

Originally, the intention was to utilise the leiwater channels on the southern side of Long Street to disperse with stormwater.  However, after further investigation, it was decided that due to the negative impact this may have on the future development of some properties, the risk of polluted water being discharged onto private properties and the fact that many channels are leaking, the stormwater design should be reviewed and the channels should be disregarded in the stormwater design.  This resulted in a re-design of the stormwater pipes in Montagu.  

Both the design and the procurement time for larger pipes, resulted in substantial delays of construction.

The significant benefit of the upgraded stormwater system should be clear to the town of Montagu.  Less flooding and a more efficient stormwater system can be expected once construction is complete.

Additional services to be installed– watermain in Long Street

While new electrical services were planned for implementation in Montagu, the replacement of the existing watermains were not included in the project.  However, the existing water supply network is old and pipe bursts are quite common.  In addition, the main pipe and connections are so close to the road surface that it will interfere with the construction of the new road layers.

It was therefore decided that a new watermain will have to be installed along Long Street.  This is additional work that was not part of the original scope and it subsequently contributes to the extended period of construction in Montagu.

Furthermore, many of the existing water and electricity connections between the main supply and the private properties are too close to the road surface.  The Langeberg Municipality has assisted in relocating most of these connections in the current work areas so that it will be deep enough for the new road layers to be constructed over it.  However, the fact that Long Street is constructed in half-widths means that only one half of the connections can be altered at a time.  The fact that water and electricity need to be supplied to all properties means that temporary pipes will be used in the coming phases and this also influences the construction programme.

Even though the installation of a new watermain will result in a longer construction period in Montagu, the long term benefit to the town infrastructure is immense.  The new watermain will supply the residents of Long Street of water for a long time, with minimal maintenance required by the municipality.

Deeper excavations, narrow working space

A direct result of the larger pipes that will be installed in Montagu as part of the new stormwater design is the deeper excavations that are required to lay the pipe.  The deeper excavations need additional support to prevent the sides of the excavations to cave in.  This adds to the workload and results in slower progress than originally anticipated.

Figure 4: Shoring required for deeper excavations

Additionally, the wider excavations required to accommodate the larger pipes result in less space left over within the half-width to store material.  This means that pipe sections, stone, sand etc. all need to be delivered in small quantities, or that construction machines need to drive back-and-forth from a stockpile area to the section under construction.  This all results in slower production rates and therefore a longer construction period in Montagu.

Figure 5: Narrow working space due to large excavations for stormwater pipes

No danger of delays due to financial or political reasons

The Western Cape Government Department of Transport and Public Works is providing the main source of funds for the construction project.  The Langeberg Municipality is also contributing funds to a smaller extent.  Fortunately, both organisations are well run and have ring-fenced funds for this project.  There is no danger that the project will be delayed due to a lack of funds.

 

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2016-05-26        Blasting Schedule

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-05-26

Original title: Blasting Schedule

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Cogmanskloof Blasting Schedule (June 2016 to August 2016)

Tuesday

31 May 2016

Blasting

Thursday

02 June 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

07 June 2016

Blasting

Thursday

09 June 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

14 June 2016

Blasting

Thursday

16 June 2016

No blasting - public holidays

Tuesday

21 June 2016

Blasting

Thursday

23 June 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

28 June 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

30 June 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

05 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

07 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

12 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

14 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

19 July 2016

Blasting

Thursday

21 July 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

26 July 2016

Blasting

Thursday

28 July 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

02 August 2016

Blasting

Thursday

04 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

09 August 2016

No blasting - public holidays

Thursday

11 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

16 August 2016

Blasting

Thursday

18 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

23 August 2016

Blasting

Thursday

25 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

30 August 2016

Blasting

Future dates to be confirmed at a later stage

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2016-05-27        Blasting Schedule Corrections

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-05-27

Original title: Blasting Schedule

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Cogmanskloof Blasting Schedule (June 2016 to August 2016)

Day of week

Date

Blasting schedule

Change from previous schedule (not published, but circulated via email titled “Blasting Schedule Corrections”)

Thursday

26 May 2016

Blasting

not included yesterday

Tuesday

31 May 2016

Blasting

Thursday

02 June 2016

Blasting

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

07 June 2016

Blasting

was Thursday, corrected to Tuesday

Thursday

09 June 2016

Blasting

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

14 June 2016

Blasting

was Thursday, corrected to Tuesday

Thursday

16 June 2016

No blasting - public holidays

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

21 June 2016

Blasting

Thursday

23 June 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

28 June 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

30 June 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

05 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

07 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

12 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

was Thursday, corrected to Tuesday

Thursday

14 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

19 July 2016

Blasting

was Thursday, corrected to Tuesday

Thursday

21 July 2016

Blasting

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

26 July 2016

Blasting

Thursday

28 July 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

02 August 2016

Blasting

Thursday

04 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

09 August 2016

No blasting - public holidays

Thursday

11 August 2016

Blasting

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

16 August 2016

Blasting

was Thursday, corrected to Tuesday

Thursday

18 August 2016

Blasting

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

23 August 2016

Blasting

was Thursday, corrected to Tuesday

Thursday

25 August 2016

Blasting

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

30 August 2016

Blasting

Future dates to be confirmed at a later stage

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2016-06-21        Blasting Schedule

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-06-21

Original title: Blasting Schedule

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Basil Read received approval to do blasting during the last week of the June/July school holidays.  Here is the adjusted schedule for the blasting in Cogmanskloof until the end of August:

Cogmanskloof Blasting Schedule (June 2016 to August 2016)

Tuesday

21 June 2016

Blasting

Thursday

23 June 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

28 June 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

30 June 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

05 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

07 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

12 July 2016

Blasting (during school holidays)

Thursday

14 July 2016

Blasting (during school holidays)

Tuesday

19 July 2016

Blasting

Thursday

21 July 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

26 July 2016

Blasting

Thursday

28 July 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

02 August 2016

Blasting

Thursday

04 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

09 August 2016

No blasting - public holiday

Thursday

11 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

16 August 2016

Blasting

Thursday

18 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

23 August 2016

Blasting

Thursday

25 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

30 August 2016

Blasting

Future dates to be confirmed at a later stage.

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2016-08-27        Bulletin: Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-08-27

Original title: Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The blasting in Cogmanskloof is progressing well.  90% of the required blasting at Aasvoëlkrans is complete, and the blasting at the western intersection of the R62 with Van Riebeeck Street will commence next week.  

The hard rock at the western end of Van Riebeeck Street will be blasted in sections over the next 2 months.  During this time, blasting will alternate between Aasvoëlkrans and Van Riebeeck Street.

The exact schedule will be published on the Montagu.org.za website.

When the blasting is undertaken at the western end of Van Riebeeck Street, the traffic will not be allowed within 300m of the intersection.  This means that the traffic heading towards Ashton will be stopped about 600m before the intersection, as indicated in Figure 1.  Traffic wanting to travel to Montagu’s town centre will be redirected at Brink Street.  

Figure 1: Traffic restrictions during blasting at Van Riebeeck Street

Construction personnel will be positioned at critical points to assist traffic.  We appeal to the public to cooperate with these officers and to only park in the areas indicated by these officers.

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2016-08-29        Blasting Schedule

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-08-29

Original title: Blasting Schedule

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Here is the schedule for the blasting in Cogmanskloof and the intersection of the R62 and Van Riebeeck Street. 

The R62 through Cogmanskloof will be closed from 11:00 to 13:00 on the days of blasting.  When blasting at Van Riebeeck Street, the intersection of the R62 with Van Riebeeck Street will also be closed and traffic will therefore not be able to drive via the intersection to Long Street. 

Construction personnel will redirect traffic during the road closures.

Cogmanskloof Blasting Schedule (August 2016 to October 2016)

Tuesday

30 August 2016

Blasting

Thursday

01 September 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

06 September 2016

Blasting

Thursday

08 September 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

13 September 2016

Blasting

Thursday

15 September 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

20 September 2016

Blasting

Thursday

22 September 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

27 September 2016

Blasting

Thursday

29 September 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

04 October 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

06 October 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

11 October 2016

Blasting

Thursday

13 October 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

18 October 2016

Blasting

Thursday

20 October 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

25 October 2016

Blasting

Thursday

27 October 2016

Blasting

Future dates to be confirmed at a later stage.

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2016-09-06        Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Pass Closed due to Water Pipe Burst

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-09-06

Original title: Newsflash: R62 closed through Cogmanskloof due to burst water pipe

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

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Breaking News: R62 closed through Cogmanskloof (between Ashton and Montagu) due to burst water pipe

The R62 through Cogmanskloof is closed due to a burst water pipe.  The intersection of Van Riebeeck Street with the R62 (close to Voortrekker Bridge) is also closed.  No traffic will be allowed through the intersection or through Cogmanskloof.  Traffic will be diverted to the N2.

The construction team will have traffic officials on duty at critical points (Ashton, Montagu: Van Riebeeck Street, Church Street & Barry Street) to assist and divert vehicles.  Teams are working to repair the road but the timeframe is still unknown.  The R62 through Cogmankloof could perhaps only re-open tonight or tomorrow.

Actual Article:

The R62 through Cogmanskloof is closed due to a burst water pipe.  The intersection of Van Riebeeck Street with the R62 (close to Voortrekker Bridge) is also closed.  No traffic will be allowed through the intersection or through Cogmanskloof.  Traffic will be diverted to the N2.

The construction team will have traffic officials on duty at critical points (Ashton, Montagu: Van Riebeeck Street, Church Street & Barry Street) to assist and divert vehicles.

Teams are working to repair the road but the timeframe is still unknown.  The R62 through Cogmankloof could perhaps only re-open tonight or tomorrow.  The community will be updated with progress via www.montagu.org.za.

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2016-09-07        Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Pass Closed due to Water Pipe Burst – Update

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-09-07

Original title: Update: R62 closed through Cogmanskloof due to burst water pipe

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Repairs are still underway at the intersection of the R62 and Van Riebeeck Street.  

A stop-go system is allowing traffic past the intersection and through Cogmanskloof, however, no traffic can turn right from Van Riebeeck Street into Long Street.

It is expected that traffic flow will be back to normal (the ring-road system with traffic heading eastwards in Long Street) by midday tomorrow.

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2016-09-09        Bulletin: Du Toit Street Stormwater Installation Phase 1

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-09-09

Original title: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street: Phase 1 (12 Sep - 4 Oct)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The installation of a new stormwater pipeline in Du Toit Street (between Long Street and the low water bridge) will commence soon.  The installation has been divided into three phases in order to accommodate the traffic around Spar and Montagu Primary School.

Construction Zone: Phase 1

During Phase 1 of the installation, the portion of Du Toit Street between the low water bridge and the gate from the Spar overflow parking area will not be accessible to the public.  Phase 1 is scheduled to commence on 12 September 2016 and should be complete by 4 October 2016.

The following diagram shows the construction zone during Phase 1.  

Phase 1 of Du Toit Street stormwater installation

No access for pedestrians or vehicles

It is important to note that absolutely no pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed in the construction zone.  All school children or other pedestrians usually crossing the river using Du Toit/Eyssen Street need to adjust their routes.  Pedestrians can use Kohler Street and Church Street to cross the river during the construction time.

The gate to the sports fields will be inaccessible during Phase 1.  Only pedestrian access will be possible to the sports fields via the other school entrances.

Two-way traffic flow will still be possible in the upper portion of Du Toit Street.

Updates and contact details

As always, please consult the following website for all official updates about the road construction project: www.montagu.org.za.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Montagu Liaison Committee via email: ronel@montagu.org.za.

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2016-09-16        Newsflash: Extended Working Hours and Barry Street Intersection Closure

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-09-16

Original title: Long Street Upgrade & installation of the Stormwater Pipe

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Status of Progress - Long Street Upgrade

The construction team has been given approval to work longer hours in Montagu.

One of the main advantages of the extended working hours will be the opening of Long Street for two-way traffic over the Christmas holidays.

The following will be the new working hours:

Monday to Friday: 7am to 6pm

Saturdays: 7am to 5pm

Sundays: 7am to 1pm (mostly preparation work with smaller teams)

The construction team apologises in advance for the inconvenience and will endeavour to keep noise and other disruptions to a minimum.

Installation of the Stormwater Pipe in Long Street

The section from Barry Street to Church Street will commence on Monday next week (19 September).  The intersection of Barry and Long Street will therefore be closed.  No traffic will be able to turn from Barry Street into Long Street and vice versa.  The one-way ring road system will continue to be in operation and will allow traffic via Van Riebeeck Street to access the western end of Long Street

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2016-09-19        Email: Temporary Construction Storage Area in Long Street

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-09-19

Original title: Montagu Long Street Storage Area

Not published; Email sent to councillors and neighbouring properties only.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Basil Read will rent the open land between the storage units and 51 Long Street.  The area will be used to store construction materials and machines during the construction of Long Street.

The area will be fenced off and the fence will be covered with shade netting to ensure a neat appearance.  

Location of temporary construction storage area in Long Street

Existing fence to be covered with shade net

Fence with gate to be installed along Long Street

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2016-09-23        Newsflash: Ring-Road Interrupted due to Water Pipe Burst

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-09-23

Original title: Emergency message: Water pipe burst in Long Street

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Another burst water pipe is causing problems!

In the early hours of the morning (23 September 2016), a water pipe burst in Long Street, close to the Barry Street intersection.  Due to the roadworks (in the northern half) and the water pipe repairs (in the southern half), no traffic can pass this point.  The ring-road system is therefore interrupted and traffic will be diverted via Van Riebeeck Street.

Residents of the western section of Long Street (from Voortrekker Bridge to the water pipe burst in the vicinity of Barry Street) need to drive towards the kloof and then via Van Riebeeck to access the town.  Traffic officials will assist.

Teams are working to repair the pipe and the road.  Expected time of road re-opening is 13:00 today.

Blasting in Van Riebeeck/The Kloof

There will be no blasting at Van Riebeeck Street on Tuesday, 27 September.  The road will be closed from 11:00 to 13:00 for blasting related work in Cogmanskloof though.

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2016-09-28        Blasting Schedule

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-09-28

Original title: Blasting Schedule

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Here is the blasting schedule until the end of this year. 

The R62 through Cogmanskloof will be closed from 11:00 to 13:00 on the days of blasting. 

Please note that the construction team received approval to blast during the October school holidays.

Blasting Schedule (October to December 2016)

Tuesday

04 October 2016

Blasting during school holidays

Thursday

06 October 2016

Blasting during school holidays

Tuesday

11 October 2016

Blasting

Thursday

13 October 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

18 October 2016

Blasting

Thursday

20 October 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

25 October 2016

Blasting

Thursday

27 October 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

01 November 2016

Blasting

Thursday

03 November 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

08 November 2016

Blasting

Thursday

10 November 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

15 November 2016

Blasting

Thursday

17 November 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

22 November 2016

Blasting

Thursday

24 November 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

29 November 2016

Blasting

Thursday

01 December 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

06 December 2016

Blasting

07 December 2016 onwards

No more blasting until 2017

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2016-10-11        Newsflash: Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street and Services Installation in Long Street

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-10-11

Original title: (unconfirmed) Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street

There will be blasting at Van Riebeeck Street on Thursday, 13 October 2016. 

The R62/Van Riebeeck St intersection will be closed from 11:00 to 13:00 and the ring-road system will therefore be disrupted.  Flagmen will assist traffic at key points. 

Services installation during blasting timeslot

In addition, the construction team will be installing services across Long Street at several points between Voortrekker Bridge and Church Street during the blasting timeslot on Thursday.  It will be best if vehicles could avoid travelling in the one-way zone of Long St between Voortrekker Bridge and Church Street between 11:00 and 13:00. 

However, if people cannot avoid travelling by car in that section, the construction team will assist the cars to pass the trenches as best they can.  No trucks will be able to pass the trenches.  The ring-road system will be open again after 13:00. 

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2016-10-19        Bulletin: Services Installation between Du Toit and Cross Street

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-10-19

Original title: Services installation between Du Toit and Cross Street

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

As part of Construction Phase M2A (the eastbound lane between Du Toit and Cross Street), several services need to be installed.  Short-term road closures will therefore be implemented between Du Toit and Cross Street during the next few months.

The following paragraphs contain more details about the different services and resulting road closures.

Installation of Temporary Potable Waterline (Du Toit to Cross Street)

In order to facilitate the installation of the stormwater system and the new 110mm potable water main in Long Street, a temporary waterline is going to be installed from Du Toit Street to Cross Street.  

The temporary waterline will be a 63mm HDPE pipeline that will be connected to the existing water main in Long Street.  The temporary pipeline will be installed on top of the sidewalk (pavements) and will supply all the respective properties along Long Street between Du Toit Street and the Van der Merwe Bridge.  

The installation will require that the water supply to the houses and businesses on Long Street be shut down.  This will be done over several days during the next 2 weeks and the water will be off for several hours each time.  SMS’s will be sent by the municipality to notify the public in advance of the water disruptions.

Planned dates: 19 Oct 2016 to 26 Oct 2016

Relocation of Ashbury Rising Main (Market to Cross Street)

In order to relocate a section of the 250mmØ Ashbury water main, the northern lane of Long Street between Market and Cross Streets will be closed.

The installation of the pipeline across the Cross Street intersection will be done during a night shift.  During this time, the intersection will be closed but reopened the next morning.  

During the connection of the new waterline, the intersection of Long and Market Streets (and ±20m of Market Street) also needs to be closed (±2 days).  Access to properties will be maintained at all times.

This work will not cause water disruptions to the public.

Planned dates: 20 Oct 2016 to 3 Nov 2016

Stormwater Installation (Du Toit to Cross Street)

The installation of the stormwater pipes in Long Street between Du Toit and Cross Streets will start soon.  The full road section will not be under construction; instead, short sections of the eastbound lane (+-70m each) will be closed at a time in order to lay stormwater pipes.

The short work sections will reduce the impact of the road closures on the public and businesses.  On completion of each section, it will be reopened to traffic.  

Access to houses and businesses will be restricted, but maintained by pedestrian walkways or alternative arrangements.  The residents will be informed individually of any changes or restrictions to their accesses.

Planned dates: 24 Oct 2016 to 6 Dec 2016

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2016-10-25        Newsflash: Site Closure for Long Weekend

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-10-25

Original title: Site closure for long weekend

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The construction site will close tomorrow for a long weekend.  The site will close on Wednesday, 26 October 2016, at 17:00, and reopen on Wednesday, 2 November 2016, at 07:00.

The construction team have been working long hours for the last 6 weeks and need a weekend to visit their families.

All plans are still in place to have the road through Montagu open for two-way traffic for the December holidays.

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2016-10-25        Blasting Schedule

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-10-25

Original title: Blasting Schedule

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

There will be no blasting at Van Riebeeck Street and also no blasting in Cogmanskloof on both Thursday, 27th October 2016, and Tuesday, 1st November 2016.  The road will therefore not be closed from 11:00 to 13:00 on these days.

BLASTING SCHEDULE UPDATE

Tuesday

25-Oct-16

Blasting

Thursday

27-Oct-16

No Blasting

Tuesday

01-Nov-16

No Blasting

Thursday

03-Nov-16

Blasting

Tuesday

08-Nov-16

Blasting

Thursday

10-Nov-16

Blasting

Tuesday

15-Nov-16

Blasting

Thursday

17-Nov-16

Blasting

Tuesday

22-Nov-16

Blasting

Thursday

24-Nov-16

Blasting

Tuesday

29-Nov-16

Blasting

Thursday

01-Dec-16

Blasting

Tuesday

06-Dec-16

Blasting

07 December 2016 onwards

No more blasting until 2017

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2016-11-09        Newsflash: Temporary Closure of the Cross/Long Street Intersection

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-11-09

Original title: Temporary closure of the Cross/Long Street Intersection

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Please take notice that we are planning to temporarily close the Cross/Long street intersection tomorrow 10 November, starting at 16h30 when traffic from the Koo Valley is relatively quiet, to allow for a section of the Ashbury waterline that crosses over this intersection to be installed.

The plan is to install the line as quickly as possible and reopen the intersection that same evening.

During the closure time, traffic travelling from the Koo Valley will need to utilize Market Street to access Long Street.

We will ensure the relevant traffic accommodation is in place to notify road users of the closure.

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2016-11-21        Newsflash: Intermittent Road Closures at Van der Merwe Bridge, Montagu

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-11-21

Original title: Intermittent road closures at Van der Merwe Bridge, Montagu

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

As part of the rehabilitation works at the Van der Merwe Bridge to the east of Montagu, concrete will be cast in the road to form the approach slabs on either side of the bridge.  

The concrete will be cast on the mornings of Wednesday and Thursday, 23 and 24 November 2016.  During this time, the road will be closed for short periods to allow each concrete truck to discharge.  It will take about 10 minutes to discharge each truck and a total of 13 trucks is expected during the two days (between 07:00 and 13:00).  

When a concrete truck is ready to discharge its load, vehicles travelling on Long Street to the east (towards Barrydale) will be stopped at the bridge.  The vehicles will have to queue while the concrete truck is discharging, after which the road will be opened to traffic again.

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2016-12-07        Bulletin: Construction Update and Holiday Arrangements

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-12-07

Original title: Construction update and holiday arrangements

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Blasting in Cogmanskloof

The major blasting in Cogmanskloof is complete.  The road closures through Cogmanskloof on Tuesdays and Thursdays will therefore be cancelled until further notice.

However, small blasts may still be required sporadically at the new bridges and for the installation of services in the kloof.  The public will be notified of any smaller blasts and subsequent road closures via the media.  Keep an eye on www.montagu.org.za for the latest blasting news (direct link: www.montagu.org.za/news/upgrading-of-cogmans-pass/).

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Photo 1: View of main blasting site at Keurkloof

Ashton and Cogmanskloof update

The northern half of the R60 in Ashton, between Ashton Cellars and Middle Street, is complete.  The new road surface is asphalt and makes for a very smooth ride!

The northern half of the road between km 20.4 and km 21.8 (from Hodges Bridges to Boy Retief Bridge) is almost complete with the surfacing layer being applied this week.  The road in this section is being sealed with a Cape Seal – a strong, long-lasting surface.

The road past the main blasting site (from km 24.0 to km 24.8) is not yet complete, but the temporary bypass has been surfaced to provide a better driving experience through the holiday period.  Two-way traffic will be possible in this section and therefore the stop-go will not be required here during the holidays.

Montagu update

The road layers have been completed up to the base layer in the two work zones in Montagu.  The asphalt surfacing required in certain sections for traffic will be done before the year-end break.  The installation of services is mostly complete in these sections as well.  The new streetlights that have been installed in Montagu will be operational in the holidays.

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Photo 2: Laying of bitumen-treated base layer in Long Street, Montagu

While two-way traffic will be in place in Montagu before 16 December 2016, the road will not be completely open to normal traffic.  There will be a level difference between the two lanes in Long Street, from Voortrekker Bridge to Church Street, and from Cross Street to the Van der Merwe Bridge.  There will be delineators in place in the middle of Long Street to prevent vehicles from crossing the centreline, except at designated points where ramps will make it possible to cross the street.

The ring-road system will be suspended during the holidays.  Van Riebeeck Street will therefore return to two-way traffic along its entire length, as it was before construction started.  

The sidewalks of Long Street will not be complete and pedestrians are urged to pay attention to negotiate uneven patches.

The northern halves of the concrete approach slabs at Van der Merwe Bridge are also complete.  These slabs, in conjunction with other protection measures still to be built, will protect the road from flood damage.  The required asphalt surfacing in this section will be done before 16 December 2016.  

Update on the new bridges

The foundations for five of the seven temporary piers for the new Ashton Bridge (km 17.8) are complete.  Both the eastern and western abutments are almost ready for the installation of the deck support.  The focus early in the new year will be to complete the temporary piers from the western side before deck construction can commence.  The public can expect to see big changes during 2017.

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Photo 3: Ashton Bridge temporary works

The southern abutment for the new Boy Retief Bridge (km 22.2) is 75% complete.  The current focus is on the completion of the two piers.  The construction sequence dictates that the bridge deck be built in three phases, from south to north.

The excavations for the foundations and abutments of the new Voortrekker Bridge are complete.  The construction of the western foundations, piers, and abutment has commenced and will continue into 2017.  Electric pumps have been installed to reduce the noise of keeping the works area dry.

 

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Photo 4: Foundations and abutments at Voortrekker Bridge

 

Stop-go’s during holidays

Most of Montagu’s Long Street and the Cogmanskloof Pass will be open to two-way traffic during the holidays.  However, at some points, the road will be too narrow to allow two-way traffic.  Short stop-go zones will be implemented at the following locations during the holiday season:

Travellers can expect waiting times of up to 10 minutes at each stop-go.

Arrangements for the year-end holidays

The construction team will have a small team on site throughout the holidays.  This team will ensure that the road remains safe by, among other things, fixing potholes, and maintaining the road signs.

To report any problems, please call 073-553-2171 or 071-649-0665.

Happy holidays!

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2017-01-17        Bulletin: Services Installation Update and Ring-Road Implementation

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-01-17

Original title: Services installation update and ring-road implementation

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The construction team will continue to install services as part of Construction Phase M2A (the eastbound lane between Du Toit and Cross Street).  The work between Du Toit and Cross Streets will commence on 18 January 2017.

The eastbound ring-road system will therefore be implemented between Du Toit and Cross Street.  This means that traffic will only be allowed to travel towards Barrydale in this section.  Parking on the left-hand side against the works area will be allowed in front of the school between 06:30 and 07:30 and 12:30 and 14:30.

The Long Street intersections with Du Toit, Market, and Cross Streets will remain open most of the time.  However, these intersections will have to be closed completely at some stage in order to install the services across the intersections.  The public will be notified before the intersections are closed.

The first phase of the installation of the stormwater pipe in Du Toit Street (between Long Street and the Kingna River) is complete (refer to bulletin dated 9 September 2016).  In order to accommodate the school traffic better, Phase 2 has been postponed until further notice.

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2017-02-09        Bulletin: Closure of Du Toit Street at Low Water Bridge

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-02-09

Original title: Closure of Du Toit Street at Low Water Bridge

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The northern leg of the intersection of Long and Church Streets will remain closed until tomorrow evening. This sentence was added to the wrong bulletin by accident on 20 Feb 2017.

As a result of the installation of the stormwater pipes in Du Toit Street, part of the road surface is currently gravel

During the coming weekend, the gravel surface will be sprayed with a binding product in an effort to reduce dust.

A section of Du Toit Street will therefore be closed to all traffic from 15:00 on Friday, 10 February 2017, to Sunday night.  The affected road section is shown in the following diagram.

Road closures in Du Toit St (from 15:00 on Friday, 10 Feb, to Sunday night)

It is important to note that absolutely no pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed in the construction zone.  All school children or other pedestrians usually crossing the river using Du Toit/Eyssen Street need to adjust their routes.  Pedestrians can use Kohler Street and Church Street to cross the river during the construction time.

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2017-02-09        Bulletin: Electrical Services Installation in Long Street

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-02-09

Original title: Electrical Services Installation in Long Street (From Barry St to Kohler St)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

As part of the new electrical services being installed in Long Street, cables need to be laid from the mini-sub at Kohler Street to Barry Street.

In order to do the installation, several road closures need to be implemented.  The following list details the various phases and accompanying road closures:

  1. Phase 1: Monday, 13 February 2017: sleeve installation in southern half of Long Street at Kohler Street intersection.
  2. Phase 2: Tuesday, 14 February 2017: sleeve installation in northern half of Long Street at Kohler Street intersection.
  3. Phase 3: Wednesday and Thursday, 15 & 16 February 2017: sleeve installation across Kohler Street (northern leg of intersection with Long Street).
  4. Phase 4: Monday, 20 February 2017: sleeve installation across Church Street (northern leg of intersection with Long Street).

The following diagram indicates the different phases.

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Road closures due to electrical cable installation

During Phases 1 and 2, a short stop-go will be in place in Long Street to allow alternating two-way traffic.  

During Phase 3, the access to Kohler Street from Long Street will be closed.  Vehicles will have to find an alternative route to Bath Street and then turn into Kohler Street.

During Phase 4, the access to Church Street from Long Street will be closed.  Vehicles will have to find an alternative route to Bath Street and then turn into Church Street.

Cables will also be laid in the northern sidewalk of Long Street between Barry Street and Kohler Street.  The construction team will visit the adjoining properties individually to inform residents of any disruptions to their accesses.

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2017-02-16        Newsflash: Electrical Services Installation Update

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-02-16

Original title: Electrical Services Installation Update

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Due to the large number of existing services at the intersection of Long and Kohler Streets, Phase 3 of the cable installation (planned for yesterday and today) will take longer to complete (refer to the bulletin published on www.montagu.org.za dated 9 Feb 2017 for more information).  The northern leg of the intersection will remain closed tomorrow, and perhaps on Saturday as well.

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2017-02-20        Newsflash: Electrical Services Installation Update

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-02-20

Original title: (unconfirmed) Newsflash: Electrical Services Installation Update

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Due to the leiwater that leaked water into the trench at Church Street, Phase 4 of the cable installation (planned for today) will take longer to complete (refer to the bulletin published on www.montagu.org.za dated 9 Feb 2017 for more information).  The northern leg of the intersection of Long and Church Streets will remain closed until tomorrow evening.

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2017-02-20        Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Closure during Blasting Timeslot

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-02-20

Original title: Road closure in Cogmanskloof during blasting timeslot

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The R62 between Ashton and Montagu will be closed from 11:00 to 13:00 on Thursday, 2 March 2017, due to the digging of test pits in Cogmanskloof.  The N2 is an alternative route.  

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2017-02-21        Bulletin: Closure of R60 & Zandvliet Road Intersection

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-02-21

Original title: Closure Of R60 & Zandvliet Road Intersection

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The construction team is ready to construct the southern half of the intersection of Zandvliet Road with the R60 in Ashton.  The northern half of the intersection (at Unipack) was built last year.

In order to build the intersection, the intersection needs to be closed to traffic during March and April 2017.  The western end of Zandvliet Road will therefore not be accessible during this time.  Vehicles will have to drive to the other end of Zandvliet Road (at km 17.3, across from Bruwer St) to access any properties along Zandvliet Road.  

The following picture indicates the construction zone and the alternative access to Zandvliet Road.

Closure of intersection of R60 & Zandvliet Road during March and April 2017

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2017-03-01        Bulletin: Services Installation in Long Street (from Kohler St to Market St)

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-03-01

Original title: Services Installation In Long Street (From Kohler St To Market St)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

As part of the new electrical services being installed in Long Street, cables need to be laid from the mini-sub at Kohler Street to Market Street.

In order to do the installation, several road closures need to be implemented.  The following list details the various phases and accompanying road closures:

1.        Phase 1: Friday, 3 March 2017:

a.        Sleeve installation in southern half of Long Street at Kohler Street intersection.

b.        Sleeve installation across Market Street (at intersection with Long Street).

2.        Phase 2: Monday, 6 March 2017: Sleeve installation across Du Toit Street (northern leg of   intersection with Long Street).

3.        Phase 3: Tuesday, 7 March 2017: sleeve installation in northern half of Long Street at Du Toit Street intersection.

4.        Phase 4: Wednesday & Thursday, 8 & 9 March 2017: sleeve installation in southern half of Long Street at Du Toit Street intersection.

The following diagram indicates the different phases.

Road closures due to electrical cable installation

During Phases 1, 3, and 4, a short stop-go will be in place in Long Street to allow alternating two-way traffic.  

During Phase 1, the access to Market Street from Long Street will be closed.  Vehicles will have to find an alternative route to Bath Street and then turn into Market Street.

During Phase 2, the access to Du Toit Street from Long Street will be closed.  Vehicles will have to find an alternative route to Bath Street and then turn into Du Toit Street.

The public’s attention is drawn to the notice published on 17 January 2017 about the one-way ring-road system from Du Toit to Cross Street.  The construction team urges the public to drive slowly and obey road signs indicating the one-way direction.

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2017-03-28        Bulletin: Traffic Violations

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-03-08

Original title: Traffic Violations

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The problem of people ignoring traffic signs, especially the one-way signs, is becoming more serious.  

The construction team is reporting more and more incidents of drivers ignoring traffic signs and displaying dangerous behaviour.  Vehicles that are speeding and violating traffic signs, especially the one-way signs, are a serious safety risk to everyone on the street.

The following locations are especially dangerous:

  1. The eastbound one-way section between Voortrekker Bridge and Church Street in Montagu:  This section is a one-way section and there are residents who continue to drive in the wrong direction.  Please be patient – instead of driving into oncoming traffic, please take the correct ring-road route to get to your destination.

  1. The eastbound one-way section between Du Toit Street and Cross Street in Montagu:  This section is across from the primary school and has a lot of pedestrian traffic.  Please do not be a safety hazard – slow down and follow the ring-road one-way direction.

The situation has become so serious that the construction team has notified the local and provincial traffic departments to assist with law enforcement.  

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2017-03-10        Bulletin: Services Installation in Long Street and Closure of Market Street

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-03-10

Original title: Services Installation in Long Street and Closure of Market Street

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The installation of services in Long Street is continuing.  This bulletin contains a summary of the next phase of road closures.  

  1. Closure of Market Street intersection:  This closure will be implemented on Tuesday, 14 March 2017, and will be in place for several weeks.
  2. Phase 1: Wednesday, 15 March 2017:  Sleeve installation across Kohler Street (southern leg of intersection with Long Street).  Note that no alternative vehicle access will be possible!
  3. Phase 2: Thursday, 16 March 2017: Sleeve installation in northern half of Long Street at Kohler Street intersection.
  4. Phase 3: Friday, 17 March 2017: sleeve installation in southern half of Long Street at Kohler Street intersection.

The following diagram indicates the different phases.

Road closures due to services installation

During Phase 1, there will be no vehicle access to the southern part of Kohler Street.  Residents will have to make arrangements to park their vehicles outside the closed area before 07:00 on Wednesday, 15 March 2017.  The closure is expected to be in place until nightfall.

During Phases 2 and 3, a short stop-go will be in place in Long Street to allow alternating two-way traffic.  

For the next few weeks, the closure of the intersection of Market Street with Long Street requires vehicles to find an alternative route to Bath Street and then turn into Market Street  

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2017-03-13        Bulletin: Station Way Detour in Ashton

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-03-13

Original title: Station Way Detour In Ashton

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Construction Phase S2, the widening of the R60 turn-off towards Swellendam, is underway in Ashton.  

The intersection of the R60 with Industria Road needs to be closed for a couple of months in order to install the services and build the road layers at the intersection.  From 20 March 2017, the traffic will be diverted to Station Way and along the railway tracks.  The following diagram indicates the detour and the road section that will be closed.

Detour via Station Way from 20 March 2017 for two months

All the properties in the industrial area will be affected by the intersection closure.  The most notable businesses that will require visitors to follow the detour are the Ashton Traffic Department and the SPCA.  

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2017-03-31        Bulletin: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street – Phase 2: 31 March – 19 April 2017

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-03-31

Original title: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street – Phase 2: 3 March – 19 April 2017

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The construction team will continue with the installation of the new stormwater pipeline in Du Toit Street (between Long Street and the low water bridge).  The first phase of the installation is complete, and the team will undertake Phase 2 during the Easter school holidays.

Construction zone: Phase 2

During Phase 2 of the installation, the portion of Du Toit Street between Long Street and the Spar overflow parking area will not be accessible to the public.  Phase 2 is scheduled to commence on 31 March 2017 and should be complete by 19 April 2017.

The following diagram shows the construction zone during Phase 2.  

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Phase 2 of Du Toit Street stormwater installation

No Access for Pedestrians or Vehicles Within Construction zone

It is important to note that absolutely no pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed in the construction zone.  The school grounds can be accessed from the entrance on Long Street.

From the Spar overflow parking area, a detour via Van Riebeeck Street will allow vehicles to return to Long Street.

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2017-04-04        Bulletin: Two-Way Traffic past Montagu Spar

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-04-04

Original title: Two-way Traffic Past Montagu Spar

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

While the stormwater installation is underway in Du Toit Street (31 March to 19 April 2017), a temporary arrangement will be in place to allow two-way traffic past Montagu Spar.  This arrangement will allow vehicles to return from the overflow parking area to Long Street without having to follow a detour.

The parking bays next to Spar will be temporarily removed to create space for two-way traffic past the building.  The following diagram shows the traffic flow past Spar.

 

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Two-way traffic flow past Montagu Spar (31 March to 19 April 2017)

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2017-04-06        Bulletin: Easter Holiday Site Closure

Written by the Project Team and Montagu.org.za

Date: 2017-04-06 and 2017-04-10

Original title: Easter Holiday Site Closure

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Original bulletin published on 6 April 2017:

Written by the Project Team

The Easter holidays are coming up and the construction team will be taking a break from 7 to 18 April 2017.  

Only minor construction work will take place during this time.  A small team will continue with the stormwater pipe installation in Du Toit Street.  Work will also continue at Voortrekker Bridge and electrical cables will be installed within the grounds of Montagu Primary School.

One of the current one-way sections in Long Street (from Du Toit Street to the Talana Road) will revert to two-way traffic for this holiday.  That means that two-way traffic will be in place from Church Street all the way towards Barrydale (until 19 April 2017).  

The one-way traffic section from Voortrekker Bridge to Church Street will remain in place, as well as the one-way section in Van Riebeeck Street between Brink St and Voortrekker Bridge.

The traffic flow is shown in the following diagram.

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Traffic flow in Montagu during Easter holidays (7 to 18 April 2017)

The construction team will have a small maintenance team on site to ensure that the road remains safe.  To report any serious problems or concerns, please call 073-553-2171 or 076-340-4088.

Revised bulletin published on 10 April 2017:

Written by the Project Team and Montagu.org.za

Please note that the earlier post of this bulletin has been amended. After further contemplation and for practical reasons, the proposed opening to two-way traffic at the east end of Montagu has had to be retracted. 

During the Easter holidays the construction team will be taking a break from 7 to 18 April 2017.

Only minor construction work will take place during this time. A small team will continue with the stormwater pipe installation in Du Toit Street. Work will also continue at Voortrekker Bridge and electrical cables will be installed within the grounds of Montagu Primary School.

The work area in Long Street past the school will be made safe and one-way traffic through Long Street and Van Riebeeck Street will remain in place as it was previously. 

The construction team will have a small maintenance team on site to ensure that the road remains safe. To report any serious problems or concerns, please call 073-553-2171 or 076-340-4088.

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2017-04-21        Bulletin: Continuation of Services Installation Between Church and Cross Streets

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-04-21

Original title: Continuation of Services Installation between Church and Cross Streets

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The installation of services in Long Street is continuing.  In the coming weeks, the construction team will install various services along the sidewalks, and across the roads, in Long Street and the side roads between Church and Cross Streets.

Some of the work will require short-term stop-go traffic control, for example, the service sleeves across half of Long Street at the Kohler Street intersection that will be installed on Monday, 24 April 2017 (see diagram below).

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Half-width road closure on Monday, 24 April 2017

Some of the services will be installed below the sidewalks and accesses to properties will be obstructed from time to time.  The construction team will endeavour to notify all residents before work across their driveways will commence.

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2017-05-18        Bulletin: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street: Phase 3 and 4

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-05-18

Original title: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street: Phase 3 and 4

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The construction team will continue with the installation of the new stormwater pipeline in Du Toit Street (between Long Street and the low water bridge).  The first two phases of the installation are complete, and the team will now undertake Phase 3 and 4.

Construction zone

During Phase 3 of the the installation, the portion of Du Toit Street between Long Street and the entrance to the Spar delivery area will not be accessible to the public.  

Phase 3 has commenced on 16 May 2017 and should be complete by 19 May 2017.

During Phase 4, the entire intersection of Long and Du Toit Street will be closed.  Phase 4 is scheduled to commence on Monday, 22 May 2017.  The entire intersection will therefore be closed from 08:00 on Monday, 22 May 2017, until 08:00 on Wednesday, 24 May 2017.

The following diagram shows the construction zones during Phase 3 and 4

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Phase 3 and 4 of Du Toit Street stormwater installation

Traffic diversions

During the 48-hour closure of Long Street, the eastbound traffic on Long Street will be rerouted to Bath Street via Kohler Street.  The traffic on Bath Street will be monitored.  Should it be necessary, the parking bays on one side of Bath Street will be made available as extra travelling width, thereby prohibiting parking on that side.

On Long Street, between the construction zone and Cross Street, only local access will be possible.  See the following diagram for more details.

The westbound traffic will continue to travel on Van Riebeeck Street.

The construction team will position flagmen at intersections to help direct traffic.

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Traffic diversion via Bath Street during 48h closure of Long & Du Toit intersection

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2017-05-02        Newsflash: Water supply disruption on Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-05-02

Original title: Community Newsflash: Water supply disruption on Wednesday, 3 May 2017

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Original newsflash published on 2 May 2017:

The water supply to the properties adjoining Long Street, between Barry Street and Du Toit Street, will be interrupted on Wednesday, 3 May 2017.  The water will be switched off at 10:00 and should be switched on again by 13:00.

This water supply disruption is necessary in order to install the next section of the temporary water main in Long Street.

Updated newsflash published on 2 May 2017:

In response to the request from The Rambling Rose restaurant, we have agreed to change the timeslot of the water supply disruption.  The water will be switched off tomorrow from 08:30 until 11:00.  We apologise for the inconvenience.

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2017-05-24        Newsflash: Du Toit Street Construction zones

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-05-24

Original title: COMMUNITY NEWSFLASH: (24 May 2017)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

During Phase 4 of the stormwater installation in Du Toit Street, the construction team exposed a sewer pipeline.  A manhole is being built around the crossing of the stormwater and sewer.  Due to this work, the southern leg of the Long-Du Toit Street intersection will remain closed until Monday, 29 May 2017.

In addition, the northern leg of the Long-Du Toit Street intersection will also be closed until 9 June 2017 in order to build stormwater catch pits.

Due to this work, an eastbound one-way system will be in place in Long Street from Spar to Cross Street.

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2017-05-31        Bulletin: Blasting at Voortrekker Bridge on Thursday, 8 June 2017

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-05-31 and 2017-06-08

Original title: Blasting at Voortrekker Bridge on Thursday, 8 June 2017

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Original bulletin published on 31 May 2017:

The construction team is constructing the piers of the Voortrekker Bridge at the western entrance to Montagu.  A small portion of rock needs to be blasted.

The blasting at the Voortrekker Bridge is scheduled for 11:00 on Thursday, 8 June 2017.

Because of the small size and the location of the blast, it will not be necessary to close the R62 through Cogmanskloof for an extended period.  Before the blast at 11am, the traffic will be stopped at the stop-go’s and the area cleared.  The estimated waiting time is 20 minutes.  The traffic will be allowed to travel again as soon as the blasting area has been checked after the blast.

During this blasting closure, the slip lane of the intersection at Voortrekker Bridge will be closed and traffic will therefore not be able to drive via the ring-road system to access Long Street.  The waiting time is estimated at 20 minutes

Bulletin update published on 8 June 2017:

Due to the rainy weather, the blast scheduled for today at 11:00 has been postponed until 14:00 this afternoon. As stated in the bulletin published on 31 May 2017, the impact on the traffic will be minimal.

The construction team is constructing the piers of the Voortrekker Bridge at the western entrance to Montagu. A small portion of rock needs to be blasted.

Because of the small size and the location of the blast, it will not be necessary to close the R62 through Cogmanskloof for an extended period. Before the blast, the traffic will be stopped at the stop-go’s and the area cleared. The estimated waiting time is 20 minutes. The traffic will be allowed to travel again as soon as the blasting area has been checked after the blast.

During this blasting closure, the slip lane of the intersection at Voortrekker Bridge will be closed and traffic will therefore not be able to drive via the ring-road system to access Long Street. The waiting time is estimated at 20 minutes.

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2017-06-16        Bulletin: Construction Programme Update

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-06-16

Original title: Construction Programme Update

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Phases of Construction

The road and bridge construction project is divided into several phases.  During the course of construction, the phases were adapted to simplify some work sequences.  The latest construction phases are indicated in Diagram 1.  

Montagu still consists of three main phases (M1 to M3), while Ashton consists of five phases (A1 to A5).  Cogmanskloof now consists of six phases (C3 to C8) because Phases C1 and C2 have been absorbed into Phases S3 and C4.  The turn-off to Swellendam consists of five phases (S1 to S5).

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Diagram 1: Revised project construction phases  (click to enlarge)

Revised Construction Programme for Montagu

For information about the original construction phases, please visit the archives.

The remaining work in Montagu is divided into the following phases:

Both phases M2 and M3 are divided into shorter work sections (A, B, and C) as shown in Diagram 2.  Please note that the naming of the phases has changed.

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Diagram 2: Revised construction phases in Montagu

Due to various reasons, the construction in Montagu has taken much longer than initially anticipated – see the archived bulletin published on 25 May 2016 for the details of the causes of delays.  More recently, further delays were caused by technical difficulties encountered whilst replacing the electrical reticulation network, replacing the old water main in Long Street, and undertaking additional work to prevent the leiwater channels from leaking water into the road and adjacent properties.

The latest planned construction programme in Montagu is as follows:

On completion of all phases in Montagu, a 40mm asphalt layer will be placed as the final surface of the road.

Please note that the durations stated may change as a result of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen physical conditions encountered during construction.

Revised Construction Programme for Cogmanskloof

In Cogmanskloof, work is currently taking place in two sections.  The planned sequence of work is as follows:

Construction Programme for Ashton

The road construction in Ashton consists of five main phases.  However, in order to allow access to the northern areas at all times, Phases A1 and A2 were divided into shorter work sections as follows:

As part of Phases A1 and A2, the roadworks have been completed in sections A1a and A2a (see Photo 1 below), while work is continuing in section A1b.

On the eastern side of Ashton, the section between the Total garage and the turn-off to Swellendam is currently under construction as part of Phase S2.  This phase should be completed by August 2017.

The remaining phases in Ashton will be completed during 2018 in order to tie-in with the completion of the new Ashton Bridge.

Please note that the durations stated may change as a result of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen physical conditions encountered during the construction.

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Photo 1: Completed roadway in Ashton in Phases A1 and A2  (click to enlarge)

Boy Retief Bridge Construction Progress

The sub-structures of Boy Retief Bridge are almost complete.  Only the dummy wall on the northern side (Montagu’s side) must still be completed.

The construction team has started with the support work for the soffit of the deck (see Photo 2 below).  The deck is scheduled to be completed early in 2018.

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Photo 2: Construction of southern deck support at Boy Retief Bridge  (click to enlarge)

Vootrekker Bridge Construction Progress

The western abutment of Voortrekker Bridge has been completed, as well as the first two piers.

The construction team is in the process of preparing the soffit in order to place the steel reinforcing and the void formers for the bridge deck (see Photo 3 below).  The deck is scheduled to be completed late in 2017.

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Photo 3: Preparations of temporary works for western deck soffit of Voortrekker Bridge  (click to enlarge)

Ashton Bridge Construction Progress

The temporary sub-structure for the new Ashton Bridge has been completed.  The construction team is now placing 112 (red) super beams that will form part of the temporary bridge support (shown in Photo 4 below).

There are also a variety of existing services in the vicinity of the Ashton Bridge that are being exposed at the moment in order to plan the relocation of the services.

The launch date of the new Ashton Bridge (moving from its temporary position into its permanent position) is not confirmed yet, but estimated to be in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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Photo 4: Super beams placed at the Ashton Bridge  (click to enlarge)

Construction during Long Weekend

The construction team often works during weekends and public holidays in return for taking a short break every second month.  The skilled employees who have relocated from outside the Western Cape use these breaks to visit their families.    

This long weekend of 16 June 2017, the construction team will be working to make up for the lost production time due to the rainy weather of the past few weeks.  The team will then be taking a break from 22 to 28 June 2017.  This break has been scheduled in advance and will not affect the programme as detailed in this bulletin.

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2017-06-19        Bulletin: Detour via Zandvliet Rd in Ashton, 19-23 June 2017

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-06-19

Original title: Detour via Zandvliet Rd in Ashton, 19-23 June 2017

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The R60 in Ashton will be closed from 19 to 23 June 2017 between Middle and Voortrekker Streets in order to install stormwater pipes.  A detour via Zandvliet Road will accommodate traffic.

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Detour via Zandvliet Rd in Ashton from 19-23 June 2017

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2017-07-26        Bulletin: Closure of Long Street between Barry and Church Streets, Montagu on 27 July 2017

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-07-26

Original title: Closure of Long Street between Barry and Church Streets, Montagu on 27 July 2017

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

A section of Long Street, between Barry and Church Streets, will be closed to traffic on 27 July 2017.  This closure will allow the construction team to install sleeves for various services to cross Long Street.

A local detour will be in place for the duration of the work, and will be facilitated by flagmen.  The following picture gives an indication of the traffic diversion.

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Detour from Long Street on 27 July 2017

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2017-08-14        Bulletin: Stormwater system installation in Church Street, Montagu

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-08-14

Original title: Stormwater system installation in Church Street, Montagu

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The construction team is ready to install the stormwater pipeline in Church Street, between Long Street and the Kingna River.  The installation will be broken into short sections and will start at the downstream side close to the river and move towards Long Street.  The construction work will start on Wednesday, 16 August 2017.

During the installation, the traffic in Church Street will be regulated by flagmen so that the construction team has adequate working space.  At night, the road will be open to two-way traffic.

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2017-10-05        Bulletin: Montagu Construction Update

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-10-05

Original title: Montagu Construction Update

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS STILL RELEVANT AND INCLUDED ON THE WEBPAGE.

Progress of construction in Montagu

The work in Montagu is divided into the following phases:


The construction of the roadway in Phases M2 (A and C) and M3 (A and C) is now complete*.  The phase that is now under construction is M2B (LHS).
*The roadway is complete, except for the final asphalt surface layer that will be installed at a later stage in Phases M2A and M3A and part of Phase M3C.

Diagram 1: Current roadway construction in Phase M2B in Montagu

The latest planned construction programme in Montagu is as follows:

 

The roadway is complete, except for the final asphalt layer, which will be installed at a later stage.  The sidewalks will be constructed while two-way traffic is accommodated.

 

This phase is under construction now and the roadway will be completed before December 2017.  During this construction phase, only one-way traffic towards the east (Barrydale) is possible as shown in Diagram 2.  The sidewalks and final asphalt layer will be constructed in 2018.

 

This phase will follow the completion of M2B.  If the construction of Phase M2B progresses well, the roadway of Phase M3B will be constructed before Christmas 2017.  Otherwise, the construction is expected during the first half of 2018.  The sidewalks and final asphalt layer will be constructed in 2018.

 

The roadway is complete in this section, except for a short section of M3C that will receive its final asphalt surface layer at a later stage.  The sidewalks and last services are being installed now and some of it will be complete by Christmas 2017.  Due to the construction of Voortrekker Bridge and the road works in Cogmanskloof, this phase will remain a one-way traffic section until Christmas 2017.

 

Please note that the durations stated may change as a result of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen physical conditions encountered during construction.

 

Traffic flow in Montagu

 

The traffic flow in Montagu during the current construction phase is shown in Diagram 2.  Due to the completion of Phase M2A and M3A, it is now possible to access the Montagu town centre from Barrydale’s side via Cross Street.  

Diagram 2: Traffic flow during construction phase M2B in Montagu

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2017-11-09        Bulletin: Montagu Construction Update

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-11-09

Original title: Montagu Construction Update

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Next construction phase in Montagu

The construction team has been working hard to complete Phase M2B as quickly as possible.  Since the work progressed very well, the construction team is now ready to start construction of Phase M3B.

Even though the construction team will aim to complete Phase M3B as soon as possible, it may be under construction until 16 December 2017.  The road will then be open to two-way traffic during the holiday period.  Early in 2018, the work, such as the construction of the sidewalks, will continue.

Diagram 1: Latest road construction phase - Phase M3B, Long Street, Montagu

For more details about the other construction phases and the remaining work, such as the sidewalk construction, please visit the archives.

 

Traffic flow in Montagu during construction Phase M3B

During this construction phase, it will not be possible to cross between the southern and northern part of town via Church Street.  Instead, traffic will be diverted to the ring-road system on Van Riebeeck Street.  Light traffic may use Du Toit/Eyssen Street to cross the Kingna River via the narrow low water bridge.

The traffic flow in Montagu during the current construction phase is shown in Diagram 2.  

Diagram 2: Traffic flow during construction phase M3B in Montagu

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2016-01-18        Newsflash: Blasting in Cogmanskloof tomorrow, 19 January 2015

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-01-18

Original title: Newsflash – Blasting in Cogmanskloof tomorrow, 19 January 2016

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The first blast in Cogmanskloof that will take place tomorrow, 19 January 2016.

Remember that the R62 between Ashton and Montagu will be closed to all traffic at 11:00.  The first blast will be a relatively small blast, and we hope to have the road open to traffic again before 13:00.

Hikers and climbers should evacuate the 1km radius danger zones before 10am.

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Blasting danger zones

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Blasting danger warning sign*

*This diagram was only circulated by e-mail and not published on the montagu.org.za website.

The blasting will take place on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from now on, so plan around this road closure if possible.  Please also remember to inform tourists and guests of the blasting arrangements.

In future, confirmation of the temporary closures may be obtained by visiting the website www.montagu.org.za or by calling 071-649-0665.

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2016-01-20        Blasting Schedule

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-01-20

Original title: Bulletin – Blasting Schedule

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Cogmanskloof Blasting Schedule (January 2016 to March 2016)

Tuesday

19 January 2016

First blast

Thursday

21 January 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

26 January 2016

Blasting

Thursday

28 January 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

02 February 2016

Blasting

Thursday

04 February 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

09 February 2016

Blasting

Thursday

11 February 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

16 February 2016

Blasting

Thursday

18 February 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

23 February 2016

Blasting

Thursday

25 February 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

01 March 2016

Blasting

Thursday

03 March 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

08 March 2016

Blasting

Thursday

10 March 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

15 March 2016

Blasting

Thursday

17 March 2016

Reserved date for possible blast

Tuesday

22 March 2016

No blast - school holidays

Thursday

24 March 2016

No blast - school holidays

Tuesday

29 March 2016

No blast - school holidays

Thursday

31 March 2016

No blast - school holidays

Tuesday

05 April 2016

Blasting commence again

Future dates to be confirmed at a later stage

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2016-02-17        Bulletin: Construction Update & Montagu Phases

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-02-17

Original title: Bulletin - Construction update, including Montagu construction phases

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

This bulletin is a brief update about the current construction work.  It will also summarise a few changes to the construction phasing in and around Montagu.  

Current construction work

In Montagu, the construction of Long Street is in full swing.  Activity can be seen on both the western and eastern sides of town where the left-hand side (LHS) of Long Street has been broken up and new road layers are being built.

The blasting in Cogmanskloof is also progressing well.  The stop-go traffic control is protecting passing vehicles from falling rocks and providing space for the construction work.  The stop-go extends from the Aasvoëlkrans blasting site towards Montagu so that the existing road can be widened on the LHS.  This is a temporary widening so that traffic can be accommodated when the new RHS of the road is built in this section.

Preparations and temporary works are underway at both the Ashton and the Boy Retief bridges.

Implementation of additional stop-go traffic control system

In order for construction work to begin between the intersection of the R60 and R62 (turn-off to Swellendam) and Boy Retief Bridge, another stop-go traffic control system will be implemented.  This will be the second stop-go zone on the project and will increase the total delay affecting traffic driving through Cogmanskloof.  

It is expected that the average delay through Cogmanskloof (including both stop-go zones) will usually not exceed 30 minutes.  Your patience is appreciated.

Phases of construction in Montagu

The construction in Montagu is scheduled to be conducted in the following three phases (also see Diagram 1):

Diagram 1:  Montagu construction phases

Both Phase M2 and Phase M3 will be divided into shorter work sections as indicated in Diagram 2.  Some of the phases shown in Diagram 2 has been merged.  At the moment, the LHS of Section A and the LHS of Sections B & D are under construction.

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Diagram 2:  Work sections in Montagu under construction at 12 February 2016

Duration of construction phases in Montagu

The latest planned construction sequence in Montagu is as follows:

It is specifically noted that the durations stated may change as a results of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen physical conditions encountered during the construction but the aim is to limit the impact that the construction activities may have on the community of Montagu to a bare minimum at all times.

Traffic movements in Montagu

During the construction period for Phases M2 and M3, a one-way traffic system will be implemented in Montagu (see Diagram 3).

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Diagram 3:  Traffic flow in Montagu

Eastbound traffic, travelling from Ashton towards Barrydale, will be accommodated along Long Street and westbound traffic, travelling from Barrydale towards Ashton, will be accommodated along Van Riebeeck Street (DR1373), creating a “ring road”.  

At the moment, two-way traffic is still allowed on the central section of Long Street.  Due to the small turning space available at the intersection of Long Street and Church Street, it is difficult for trucks to turn at this intersection.  Trucks travelling from the Koo Valley or from the Montagu town centre are urged to follow the ring road instead of travelling along Church Street.

The narrow road width on the western section of Van Riebeeck Street has, in conjunction with the high speed of some vehicles, necessitated the one-way traffic direction on the western section of Van Riebeeck Street.

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2016-03-10        Blasting Schedule

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-03-10

Original title: Cogmanskloof Blasting Schedule (March 2016 to May 2016)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Cogmanskloof Blasting Schedule (March 2016 to May 2016)

Thursday

10 March 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

15 March 2016

Blasting

Thursday

17 March 2016

No blasting BUT ROAD CLOSED [from 11am to 1pm]* for maintenance

*inserted on 11/03/2016

Tuesday

22 March 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

24 March 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

29 March 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

31 March 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

5 April 2016

Blasting

Thursday

7 April 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

12 April 2016

Blasting

Thursday

14 April 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

19 April 2016

Blasting

Thursday

21 April 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

26 April 2016

Blasting

Thursday

28 April 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

3 May 2016

Blasting

Thursday

5 May 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

10 May 2016

Blasting

Thursday

12 May 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

17 May 2016

Blasting

Thursday

19 May 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

24 May 2016

Blasting

Thursday

26 May 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

31 May 2016

Blasting

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2016-04-22        Newsflash: Crane at Ashton Bridge

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-04-22

Original title: Ashton Bridge Crane

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The Basil Read Safety Supervisor has asked us to inform the public that they do not need to be scared of the crane at the Ashton Bridge.  Many people are hesitant of driving underneath the crane arm in the main road of Ashton.  They slow down, and even come to a stop abruptly, when they see the crane arm in the air above the road, and then subsequently block the traffic flow.

They want to assure the public that they do not need to be worried that the crane arm will break.  There are many safety features built into the design that prevent unexpected failure.  The crane will not move any loads over the road without prior arrangement and traffic accommodation.  However, when the crane is not loaded, its arm can turn 360° depending on the wind direction, and it is not a safety risk.

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2016-05-26        Bulletin: Revised Construction Phases and Programme in Montagu

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-05-26

Original title: Revised construction phases in Montagu

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Article Preview via email notification:

Update on Cogmans Kloof Upgrade and Roadworks

A new bulletin has just been released regarding the Cogmanskloof Upgrade and roadworks.  The bulletin includes updates on the following items: 

The delays in progress of the construction in Long Street has now been explained in detail in the newest Bulletin (26 May 2016) on the Montagu Website.  The issues involved include potable water, sewerage, storm water drainage, leiwater channels, electricity, telephone lines, and the connections to all the properties on Long Street. 

The contractors have acknowledged that problems were anticipated, but that they have been far greater and more complex than anticipated during the initial planning.  AECOM and Basil Read assure us that they are very aware of the impact this is having on the businesses; the residential properties on Long Street; traffic flows; and the Montagu community in general. 

Click on this link to take you to the full Report posted by the Construction Team. 

An updated Blasting Schedule has also been released today, you can view it here.

Actual Article:

Bulletin 8:  Revised construction phases in Montagu

This bulletin contains a brief description of the revised construction phases in Montagu, and the reasons for such revision.

Phases of construction in Montagu

Due to several factors, the construction phases in Montagu have been adjusted.  Phases A and C have been merged to form a new, extended, Phase A.  Similarly, Phases B and D have merged to form a new, extended, Phase B.  The middle section, formerly Phase E, will now be slightly shorter and called Phase C.  See Figure 1 for details.

At the moment, the LHS of Phase A (M2A) and the LHS of Phase B (M2B) are under construction.

Figure 1: Revised phases of construction in Montagu

Revised Programme

Due to various reasons, the construction of Phase A and Phase B have taken much longer than anticipated.  This slow progress directly impacts the programming of the other phases in Montagu.  The subsequent result is that the construction of Long Street will only be completed by the end of 2017.

The latest planned construction programme in Montagu is as follows:

Please note that the durations stated may change as a result of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen physical conditions encountered during the construction.

The construction team understands the frustration and inconvenience the road construction has on the residents of Montagu.  The construction team again commits themselves to minimising the disruption to businesses and private residents.  Each property will be visited individually by the construction team before construction commences in a section.  The applicable construction process and consequences will be explained.  If any member of the public has concerns or queries, they can contact the Montagu Liaison Committee (MLC): ronel@montagu.org.za.

Delays in Montagu

There are several factors that have slowed down the progress of construction within Montagu.

New pipeline to Ashbury water reservoir

One of the major unforeseen tasks that came to light was the replacement of the asbestos cement water pump line in Long Street between Market Street and the Van der Merwe Bridge.  

The existing pipeline, supplying water to the Ashbury reservoir from the waterworks on the southern side of Montagu, was too shallow and brittle for the construction of the road to continue.  The waterline has now been replaced with a new 250mm uPVC pipe from Cross Street to the Van der Merwe Bridge.  The extension between Cross Street and Market Street will be done in due course.  

Figure 2: Installation of water main to Ashbury reservoir

Saturated soil conditions

The high water table in the western part of Long Street is a hindrance to construction.  The ground is saturated with water in the area where roadworks is supposed to be underway.  Not only do the two rivers contribute to the high water table, but the irrigation water supplied by the leiwater channels also contribute to ever seeping groundwater.

Even though subsoil drains have been installed and open drainage channels have been dug, the ground was still too wet for construction vehicles to build the lower road layers.  Additional subsoil drains have now been installed to drain the excess water.

Figure 3: Installation of subsoil drains

Review of stormwater design

Originally, the intention was to utilise the leiwater channels on the southern side of Long Street to disperse with stormwater.  However, after further investigation, it was decided that due to the negative impact this may have on the future development of some properties, the risk of polluted water being discharged onto private properties and the fact that many channels are leaking, the stormwater design should be reviewed and the channels should be disregarded in the stormwater design.  This resulted in a re-design of the stormwater pipes in Montagu.  

Both the design and the procurement time for larger pipes, resulted in substantial delays of construction.

The significant benefit of the upgraded stormwater system should be clear to the town of Montagu.  Less flooding and a more efficient stormwater system can be expected once construction is complete.

Additional services to be installed– watermain in Long Street

While new electrical services were planned for implementation in Montagu, the replacement of the existing watermains were not included in the project.  However, the existing water supply network is old and pipe bursts are quite common.  In addition, the main pipe and connections are so close to the road surface that it will interfere with the construction of the new road layers.

It was therefore decided that a new watermain will have to be installed along Long Street.  This is additional work that was not part of the original scope and it subsequently contributes to the extended period of construction in Montagu.

Furthermore, many of the existing water and electricity connections between the main supply and the private properties are too close to the road surface.  The Langeberg Municipality has assisted in relocating most of these connections in the current work areas so that it will be deep enough for the new road layers to be constructed over it.  However, the fact that Long Street is constructed in half-widths means that only one half of the connections can be altered at a time.  The fact that water and electricity need to be supplied to all properties means that temporary pipes will be used in the coming phases and this also influences the construction programme.

Even though the installation of a new watermain will result in a longer construction period in Montagu, the long term benefit to the town infrastructure is immense.  The new watermain will supply the residents of Long Street of water for a long time, with minimal maintenance required by the municipality.

Deeper excavations, narrow working space

A direct result of the larger pipes that will be installed in Montagu as part of the new stormwater design is the deeper excavations that are required to lay the pipe.  The deeper excavations need additional support to prevent the sides of the excavations to cave in.  This adds to the workload and results in slower progress than originally anticipated.

Figure 4: Shoring required for deeper excavations

Additionally, the wider excavations required to accommodate the larger pipes result in less space left over within the half-width to store material.  This means that pipe sections, stone, sand etc. all need to be delivered in small quantities, or that construction machines need to drive back-and-forth from a stockpile area to the section under construction.  This all results in slower production rates and therefore a longer construction period in Montagu.

Figure 5: Narrow working space due to large excavations for stormwater pipes

No danger of delays due to financial or political reasons

The Western Cape Government Department of Transport and Public Works is providing the main source of funds for the construction project.  The Langeberg Municipality is also contributing funds to a smaller extent.  Fortunately, both organisations are well run and have ring-fenced funds for this project.  There is no danger that the project will be delayed due to a lack of funds.

 

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2016-05-26        Blasting Schedule

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-05-26

Original title: Blasting Schedule

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Cogmanskloof Blasting Schedule (June 2016 to August 2016)

Tuesday

31 May 2016

Blasting

Thursday

02 June 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

07 June 2016

Blasting

Thursday

09 June 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

14 June 2016

Blasting

Thursday

16 June 2016

No blasting - public holidays

Tuesday

21 June 2016

Blasting

Thursday

23 June 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

28 June 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

30 June 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

05 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

07 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

12 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

14 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

19 July 2016

Blasting

Thursday

21 July 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

26 July 2016

Blasting

Thursday

28 July 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

02 August 2016

Blasting

Thursday

04 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

09 August 2016

No blasting - public holidays

Thursday

11 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

16 August 2016

Blasting

Thursday

18 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

23 August 2016

Blasting

Thursday

25 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

30 August 2016

Blasting

Future dates to be confirmed at a later stage

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2016-05-27        Blasting Schedule Corrections

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-05-27

Original title: Blasting Schedule

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Cogmanskloof Blasting Schedule (June 2016 to August 2016)

Day of week

Date

Blasting schedule

Change from previous schedule (not published, but circulated via email titled “Blasting Schedule Corrections”)

Thursday

26 May 2016

Blasting

not included yesterday

Tuesday

31 May 2016

Blasting

Thursday

02 June 2016

Blasting

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

07 June 2016

Blasting

was Thursday, corrected to Tuesday

Thursday

09 June 2016

Blasting

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

14 June 2016

Blasting

was Thursday, corrected to Tuesday

Thursday

16 June 2016

No blasting - public holidays

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

21 June 2016

Blasting

Thursday

23 June 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

28 June 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

30 June 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

05 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

07 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

12 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

was Thursday, corrected to Tuesday

Thursday

14 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

19 July 2016

Blasting

was Thursday, corrected to Tuesday

Thursday

21 July 2016

Blasting

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

26 July 2016

Blasting

Thursday

28 July 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

02 August 2016

Blasting

Thursday

04 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

09 August 2016

No blasting - public holidays

Thursday

11 August 2016

Blasting

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

16 August 2016

Blasting

was Thursday, corrected to Tuesday

Thursday

18 August 2016

Blasting

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

23 August 2016

Blasting

was Thursday, corrected to Tuesday

Thursday

25 August 2016

Blasting

was Tuesday, corrected to Thursday

Tuesday

30 August 2016

Blasting

Future dates to be confirmed at a later stage

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2016-06-21        Blasting Schedule

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-06-21

Original title: Blasting Schedule

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Basil Read received approval to do blasting during the last week of the June/July school holidays.  Here is the adjusted schedule for the blasting in Cogmanskloof until the end of August:

Cogmanskloof Blasting Schedule (June 2016 to August 2016)

Tuesday

21 June 2016

Blasting

Thursday

23 June 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

28 June 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

30 June 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

05 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

07 July 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

12 July 2016

Blasting (during school holidays)

Thursday

14 July 2016

Blasting (during school holidays)

Tuesday

19 July 2016

Blasting

Thursday

21 July 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

26 July 2016

Blasting

Thursday

28 July 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

02 August 2016

Blasting

Thursday

04 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

09 August 2016

No blasting - public holiday

Thursday

11 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

16 August 2016

Blasting

Thursday

18 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

23 August 2016

Blasting

Thursday

25 August 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

30 August 2016

Blasting

Future dates to be confirmed at a later stage.

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2016-08-27        Bulletin: Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-08-27

Original title: Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The blasting in Cogmanskloof is progressing well.  90% of the required blasting at Aasvoëlkrans is complete, and the blasting at the western intersection of the R62 with Van Riebeeck Street will commence next week.  

The hard rock at the western end of Van Riebeeck Street will be blasted in sections over the next 2 months.  During this time, blasting will alternate between Aasvoëlkrans and Van Riebeeck Street.

The exact schedule will be published on the Montagu.org.za website.

When the blasting is undertaken at the western end of Van Riebeeck Street, the traffic will not be allowed within 300m of the intersection.  This means that the traffic heading towards Ashton will be stopped about 600m before the intersection, as indicated in Figure 1.  Traffic wanting to travel to Montagu’s town centre will be redirected at Brink Street.  

Figure 1: Traffic restrictions during blasting at Van Riebeeck Street

Construction personnel will be positioned at critical points to assist traffic.  We appeal to the public to cooperate with these officers and to only park in the areas indicated by these officers.

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2016-08-29        Blasting Schedule

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-08-29

Original title: Blasting Schedule

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Here is the schedule for the blasting in Cogmanskloof and the intersection of the R62 and Van Riebeeck Street. 

The R62 through Cogmanskloof will be closed from 11:00 to 13:00 on the days of blasting.  When blasting at Van Riebeeck Street, the intersection of the R62 with Van Riebeeck Street will also be closed and traffic will therefore not be able to drive via the intersection to Long Street. 

Construction personnel will redirect traffic during the road closures.

Cogmanskloof Blasting Schedule (August 2016 to October 2016)

Tuesday

30 August 2016

Blasting

Thursday

01 September 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

06 September 2016

Blasting

Thursday

08 September 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

13 September 2016

Blasting

Thursday

15 September 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

20 September 2016

Blasting

Thursday

22 September 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

27 September 2016

Blasting

Thursday

29 September 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

04 October 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

06 October 2016

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

11 October 2016

Blasting

Thursday

13 October 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

18 October 2016

Blasting

Thursday

20 October 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

25 October 2016

Blasting

Thursday

27 October 2016

Blasting

Future dates to be confirmed at a later stage.

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2016-09-06        Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Pass Closed due to Water Pipe Burst

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-09-06

Original title: Newsflash: R62 closed through Cogmanskloof due to burst water pipe

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Article Preview via email notification:

Breaking News: R62 closed through Cogmanskloof (between Ashton and Montagu) due to burst water pipe

The R62 through Cogmanskloof is closed due to a burst water pipe.  The intersection of Van Riebeeck Street with the R62 (close to Voortrekker Bridge) is also closed.  No traffic will be allowed through the intersection or through Cogmanskloof.  Traffic will be diverted to the N2.

The construction team will have traffic officials on duty at critical points (Ashton, Montagu: Van Riebeeck Street, Church Street & Barry Street) to assist and divert vehicles.  Teams are working to repair the road but the timeframe is still unknown.  The R62 through Cogmanskloof could perhaps only re-open tonight or tomorrow.

Actual Article:

The R62 through Cogmanskloof is closed due to a burst water pipe.  The intersection of Van Riebeeck Street with the R62 (close to Voortrekker Bridge) is also closed.  No traffic will be allowed through the intersection or through Cogmanskloof.  Traffic will be diverted to the N2.

The construction team will have traffic officials on duty at critical points (Ashton, Montagu: Van Riebeeck Street, Church Street & Barry Street) to assist and divert vehicles.

Teams are working to repair the road but the timeframe is still unknown.  The R62 through Cogmanskloof could perhaps only re-open tonight or tomorrow.  The community will be updated with progress via www.montagu.org.za.

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2016-09-07        Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Pass Closed due to Water Pipe Burst – Update

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-09-07

Original title: Update: R62 closed through Cogmanskloof due to burst water pipe

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Repairs are still underway at the intersection of the R62 and Van Riebeeck Street.  

A stop-go system is allowing traffic past the intersection and through Cogmanskloof, however, no traffic can turn right from Van Riebeeck Street into Long Street.

It is expected that traffic flow will be back to normal (the ring-road system with traffic heading eastwards in Long Street) by midday tomorrow.

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2016-09-09        Bulletin: Du Toit Street Stormwater Installation Phase 1

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-09-09

Original title: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street: Phase 1 (12 Sep - 4 Oct)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The installation of a new stormwater pipeline in Du Toit Street (between Long Street and the low water bridge) will commence soon.  The installation has been divided into three phases in order to accommodate the traffic around Spar and Montagu Primary School.

Construction Zone: Phase 1

During Phase 1 of the installation, the portion of Du Toit Street between the low water bridge and the gate from the Spar overflow parking area will not be accessible to the public.  Phase 1 is scheduled to commence on 12 September 2016 and should be complete by 4 October 2016.

The following diagram shows the construction zone during Phase 1.  

Phase 1 of Du Toit Street stormwater installation

No access for pedestrians or vehicles

It is important to note that absolutely no pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed in the construction zone.  All school children or other pedestrians usually crossing the river using Du Toit/Eyssen Street need to adjust their routes.  Pedestrians can use Kohler Street and Church Street to cross the river during the construction time.

The gate to the sports fields will be inaccessible during Phase 1.  Only pedestrian access will be possible to the sports fields via the other school entrances.

Two-way traffic flow will still be possible in the upper portion of Du Toit Street.

Updates and contact details

As always, please consult the following website for all official updates about the road construction project: www.montagu.org.za.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Montagu Liaison Committee via email: ronel@montagu.org.za.

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2016-09-16        Newsflash: Extended Working Hours and Barry Street Intersection Closure

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-09-16

Original title: Long Street Upgrade & installation of the Stormwater Pipe

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Status of Progress - Long Street Upgrade

The construction team has been given approval to work longer hours in Montagu.

One of the main advantages of the extended working hours will be the opening of Long Street for two-way traffic over the Christmas holidays.

The following will be the new working hours:

Monday to Friday: 7am to 6pm

Saturdays: 7am to 5pm

Sundays: 7am to 1pm (mostly preparation work with smaller teams)

The construction team apologises in advance for the inconvenience and will endeavour to keep noise and other disruptions to a minimum.

Installation of the Stormwater Pipe in Long Street

The section from Barry Street to Church Street will commence on Monday next week (19 September).  The intersection of Barry and Long Street will therefore be closed.  No traffic will be able to turn from Barry Street into Long Street and vice versa.  The one-way ring road system will continue to be in operation and will allow traffic via Van Riebeeck Street to access the western end of Long Street

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2016-09-19        Email: Temporary Construction Storage Area in Long Street

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-09-19

Original title: Montagu Long Street Storage Area

Not published; Email sent to councillors and neighbouring properties only.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Basil Read will rent the open land between the storage units and 51 Long Street.  The area will be used to store construction materials and machines during the construction of Long Street.

The area will be fenced off and the fence will be covered with shade netting to ensure a neat appearance.  

Location of temporary construction storage area in Long Street

Existing fence to be covered with shade net

Fence with gate to be installed along Long Street

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2016-09-23        Newsflash: Ring-Road Interrupted due to Water Pipe Burst

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-09-23

Original title: Emergency message: Water pipe burst in Long Street

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Another burst water pipe is causing problems!

In the early hours of the morning (23 September 2016), a water pipe burst in Long Street, close to the Barry Street intersection.  Due to the roadworks (in the northern half) and the water pipe repairs (in the southern half), no traffic can pass this point.  The ring-road system is therefore interrupted and traffic will be diverted via Van Riebeeck Street.

Residents of the western section of Long Street (from Voortrekker Bridge to the water pipe burst in the vicinity of Barry Street) need to drive towards the kloof and then via Van Riebeeck to access the town.  Traffic officials will assist.

Teams are working to repair the pipe and the road.  Expected time of road re-opening is 13:00 today.

Blasting in Van Riebeeck/The Kloof

There will be no blasting at Van Riebeeck Street on Tuesday, 27 September.  The road will be closed from 11:00 to 13:00 for blasting related work in Cogmanskloof though.

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2016-09-28        Blasting Schedule

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-09-28

Original title: Blasting Schedule

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Here is the blasting schedule until the end of this year. 

The R62 through Cogmanskloof will be closed from 11:00 to 13:00 on the days of blasting. 

Please note that the construction team received approval to blast during the October school holidays.

Blasting Schedule (October to December 2016)

Tuesday

04 October 2016

Blasting during school holidays

Thursday

06 October 2016

Blasting during school holidays

Tuesday

11 October 2016

Blasting

Thursday

13 October 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

18 October 2016

Blasting

Thursday

20 October 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

25 October 2016

Blasting

Thursday

27 October 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

01 November 2016

Blasting

Thursday

03 November 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

08 November 2016

Blasting

Thursday

10 November 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

15 November 2016

Blasting

Thursday

17 November 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

22 November 2016

Blasting

Thursday

24 November 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

29 November 2016

Blasting

Thursday

01 December 2016

Blasting

Tuesday

06 December 2016

Blasting

07 December 2016 onwards

No more blasting until 2017

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2016-10-11        Newsflash: Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street and Services Installation in Long Street

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-10-11

Original title: (unconfirmed) Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street

There will be blasting at Van Riebeeck Street on Thursday, 13 October 2016. 

The R62/Van Riebeeck St intersection will be closed from 11:00 to 13:00 and the ring-road system will therefore be disrupted.  Flagmen will assist traffic at key points. 

Services installation during blasting timeslot

In addition, the construction team will be installing services across Long Street at several points between Voortrekker Bridge and Church Street during the blasting timeslot on Thursday.  It will be best if vehicles could avoid travelling in the one-way zone of Long St between Voortrekker Bridge and Church Street between 11:00 and 13:00. 

However, if people cannot avoid travelling by car in that section, the construction team will assist the cars to pass the trenches as best they can.  No trucks will be able to pass the trenches.  The ring-road system will be open again after 13:00. 

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2016-10-19        Bulletin: Services Installation between Du Toit and Cross Street

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-10-19

Original title: Services installation between Du Toit and Cross Street

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

As part of Construction Phase M2A (the eastbound lane between Du Toit and Cross Street), several services need to be installed.  Short-term road closures will therefore be implemented between Du Toit and Cross Street during the next few months.

The following paragraphs contain more details about the different services and resulting road closures.

Installation of Temporary Potable Waterline (Du Toit to Cross Street)

In order to facilitate the installation of the stormwater system and the new 110mm potable water main in Long Street, a temporary waterline is going to be installed from Du Toit Street to Cross Street.  

The temporary waterline will be a 63mm HDPE pipeline that will be connected to the existing water main in Long Street.  The temporary pipeline will be installed on top of the sidewalk (pavements) and will supply all the respective properties along Long Street between Du Toit Street and the Van der Merwe Bridge.  

The installation will require that the water supply to the houses and businesses on Long Street be shut down.  This will be done over several days during the next 2 weeks and the water will be off for several hours each time.  SMS’s will be sent by the municipality to notify the public in advance of the water disruptions.

Planned dates: 19 Oct 2016 to 26 Oct 2016

Relocation of Ashbury Rising Main (Market to Cross Street)

In order to relocate a section of the 250mmØ Ashbury water main, the northern lane of Long Street between Market and Cross Streets will be closed.

The installation of the pipeline across the Cross Street intersection will be done during a night shift.  During this time, the intersection will be closed but reopened the next morning.  

During the connection of the new waterline, the intersection of Long and Market Streets (and ±20m of Market Street) also needs to be closed (±2 days).  Access to properties will be maintained at all times.

This work will not cause water disruptions to the public.

Planned dates: 20 Oct 2016 to 3 Nov 2016

Stormwater Installation (Du Toit to Cross Street)

The installation of the stormwater pipes in Long Street between Du Toit and Cross Streets will start soon.  The full road section will not be under construction; instead, short sections of the eastbound lane (+-70m each) will be closed at a time in order to lay stormwater pipes.

The short work sections will reduce the impact of the road closures on the public and businesses.  On completion of each section, it will be reopened to traffic.  

Access to houses and businesses will be restricted, but maintained by pedestrian walkways or alternative arrangements.  The residents will be informed individually of any changes or restrictions to their accesses.

Planned dates: 24 Oct 2016 to 6 Dec 2016

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2016-10-25        Newsflash: Site Closure for Long Weekend

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-10-25

Original title: Site closure for long weekend

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The construction site will close tomorrow for a long weekend.  The site will close on Wednesday, 26 October 2016, at 17:00, and reopen on Wednesday, 2 November 2016, at 07:00.

The construction team have been working long hours for the last 6 weeks and need a weekend to visit their families.

All plans are still in place to have the road through Montagu open for two-way traffic for the December holidays.

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2016-10-25        Blasting Schedule

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-10-25

Original title: Blasting Schedule

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

There will be no blasting at Van Riebeeck Street and also no blasting in Cogmanskloof on both Thursday, 27th October 2016, and Tuesday, 1st November 2016.  The road will therefore not be closed from 11:00 to 13:00 on these days.

BLASTING SCHEDULE UPDATE

Tuesday

25-Oct-16

Blasting

Thursday

27-Oct-16

No Blasting

Tuesday

01-Nov-16

No Blasting

Thursday

03-Nov-16

Blasting

Tuesday

08-Nov-16

Blasting

Thursday

10-Nov-16

Blasting

Tuesday

15-Nov-16

Blasting

Thursday

17-Nov-16

Blasting

Tuesday

22-Nov-16

Blasting

Thursday

24-Nov-16

Blasting

Tuesday

29-Nov-16

Blasting

Thursday

01-Dec-16

Blasting

Tuesday

06-Dec-16

Blasting

07 December 2016 onwards

No more blasting until 2017

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2016-11-09        Newsflash: Temporary Closure of the Cross/Long Street Intersection

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-11-09

Original title: Temporary closure of the Cross/Long Street Intersection

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Please take notice that we are planning to temporarily close the Cross/Long street intersection tomorrow 10 November, starting at 16h30 when traffic from the Koo Valley is relatively quiet, to allow for a section of the Ashbury waterline that crosses over this intersection to be installed.

The plan is to install the line as quickly as possible and reopen the intersection that same evening.

During the closure time, traffic travelling from the Koo Valley will need to utilize Market Street to access Long Street.

We will ensure the relevant traffic accommodation is in place to notify road users of the closure.

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2016-11-21        Newsflash: Intermittent Road Closures at Van der Merwe Bridge, Montagu

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-11-21

Original title: Intermittent road closures at Van der Merwe Bridge, Montagu

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

As part of the rehabilitation works at the Van der Merwe Bridge to the east of Montagu, concrete will be cast in the road to form the approach slabs on either side of the bridge.  

The concrete will be cast on the mornings of Wednesday and Thursday, 23 and 24 November 2016.  During this time, the road will be closed for short periods to allow each concrete truck to discharge.  It will take about 10 minutes to discharge each truck and a total of 13 trucks is expected during the two days (between 07:00 and 13:00).  

When a concrete truck is ready to discharge its load, vehicles travelling on Long Street to the east (towards Barrydale) will be stopped at the bridge.  The vehicles will have to queue while the concrete truck is discharging, after which the road will be opened to traffic again.

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2016-12-07        Bulletin: Construction Update and Holiday Arrangements

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2016-12-07

Original title: Construction update and holiday arrangements

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Blasting in Cogmanskloof

The major blasting in Cogmanskloof is complete.  The road closures through Cogmanskloof on Tuesdays and Thursdays will therefore be cancelled until further notice.

However, small blasts may still be required sporadically at the new bridges and for the installation of services in the kloof.  The public will be notified of any smaller blasts and subsequent road closures via the media.  Keep an eye on www.montagu.org.za for the latest blasting news (direct link: www.montagu.org.za/news/upgrading-of-cogmans-pass/).

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Photo 1: View of main blasting site at Keurkloof

Ashton and Cogmanskloof update

The northern half of the R60 in Ashton, between Ashton Cellars and Middle Street, is complete.  The new road surface is asphalt and makes for a very smooth ride!

The northern half of the road between km 20.4 and km 21.8 (from Hodges Bridges to Boy Retief Bridge) is almost complete with the surfacing layer being applied this week.  The road in this section is being sealed with a Cape Seal – a strong, long-lasting surface.

The road past the main blasting site (from km 24.0 to km 24.8) is not yet complete, but the temporary bypass has been surfaced to provide a better driving experience through the holiday period.  Two-way traffic will be possible in this section and therefore the stop-go will not be required here during the holidays.

Montagu update

The road layers have been completed up to the base layer in the two work zones in Montagu.  The asphalt surfacing required in certain sections for traffic will be done before the year-end break.  The installation of services is mostly complete in these sections as well.  The new streetlights that have been installed in Montagu will be operational in the holidays.

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Photo 2: Laying of bitumen-treated base layer in Long Street, Montagu

While two-way traffic will be in place in Montagu before 16 December 2016, the road will not be completely open to normal traffic.  There will be a level difference between the two lanes in Long Street, from Voortrekker Bridge to Church Street, and from Cross Street to the Van der Merwe Bridge.  There will be delineators in place in the middle of Long Street to prevent vehicles from crossing the centreline, except at designated points where ramps will make it possible to cross the street.

The ring-road system will be suspended during the holidays.  Van Riebeeck Street will therefore return to two-way traffic along its entire length, as it was before construction started.  

The sidewalks of Long Street will not be complete and pedestrians are urged to pay attention to negotiate uneven patches.

The northern halves of the concrete approach slabs at Van der Merwe Bridge are also complete.  These slabs, in conjunction with other protection measures still to be built, will protect the road from flood damage.  The required asphalt surfacing in this section will be done before 16 December 2016.  

Update on the new bridges

The foundations for five of the seven temporary piers for the new Ashton Bridge (km 17.8) are complete.  Both the eastern and western abutments are almost ready for the installation of the deck support.  The focus early in the new year will be to complete the temporary piers from the western side before deck construction can commence.  The public can expect to see big changes during 2017.

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Photo 3: Ashton Bridge temporary works

The southern abutment for the new Boy Retief Bridge (km 22.2) is 75% complete.  The current focus is on the completion of the two piers.  The construction sequence dictates that the bridge deck be built in three phases, from south to north.

The excavations for the foundations and abutments of the new Voortrekker Bridge are complete.  The construction of the western foundations, piers, and abutment has commenced and will continue into 2017.  Electric pumps have been installed to reduce the noise of keeping the works area dry.

 

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Photo 4: Foundations and abutments at Voortrekker Bridge

 

Stop-go’s during holidays

Most of Montagu’s Long Street and the Cogmanskloof Pass will be open to two-way traffic during the holidays.  However, at some points, the road will be too narrow to allow two-way traffic.  Short stop-go zones will be implemented at the following locations during the holiday season:

Travellers can expect waiting times of up to 10 minutes at each stop-go.

Arrangements for the year-end holidays

The construction team will have a small team on site throughout the holidays.  This team will ensure that the road remains safe by, among other things, fixing potholes, and maintaining the road signs.

To report any problems, please call 073-553-2171 or 071-649-0665.

Happy holidays!

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2017-01-17        Bulletin: Services Installation Update and Ring-Road Implementation

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-01-17

Original title: Services installation update and ring-road implementation

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The construction team will continue to install services as part of Construction Phase M2A (the eastbound lane between Du Toit and Cross Street).  The work between Du Toit and Cross Streets will commence on 18 January 2017.

The eastbound ring-road system will therefore be implemented between Du Toit and Cross Street.  This means that traffic will only be allowed to travel towards Barrydale in this section.  Parking on the left-hand side against the works area will be allowed in front of the school between 06:30 and 07:30 and 12:30 and 14:30.

The Long Street intersections with Du Toit, Market, and Cross Streets will remain open most of the time.  However, these intersections will have to be closed completely at some stage in order to install the services across the intersections.  The public will be notified before the intersections are closed.

The first phase of the installation of the stormwater pipe in Du Toit Street (between Long Street and the Kingna River) is complete (refer to bulletin dated 9 September 2016).  In order to accommodate the school traffic better, Phase 2 has been postponed until further notice.

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2017-02-09        Bulletin: Closure of Du Toit Street at Low Water Bridge

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-02-09

Original title: Closure of Du Toit Street at Low Water Bridge

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The northern leg of the intersection of Long and Church Streets will remain closed until tomorrow evening. This sentence was added to the wrong bulletin by accident on 20 Feb 2017.

As a result of the installation of the stormwater pipes in Du Toit Street, part of the road surface is currently gravel

During the coming weekend, the gravel surface will be sprayed with a binding product in an effort to reduce dust.

A section of Du Toit Street will therefore be closed to all traffic from 15:00 on Friday, 10 February 2017, to Sunday night.  The affected road section is shown in the following diagram.

Road closures in Du Toit St (from 15:00 on Friday, 10 Feb, to Sunday night)

It is important to note that absolutely no pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed in the construction zone.  All school children or other pedestrians usually crossing the river using Du Toit/Eyssen Street need to adjust their routes.  Pedestrians can use Kohler Street and Church Street to cross the river during the construction time.

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2017-02-09        Bulletin: Electrical Services Installation in Long Street

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-02-09

Original title: Electrical Services Installation in Long Street (From Barry St to Kohler St)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

As part of the new electrical services being installed in Long Street, cables need to be laid from the mini-sub at Kohler Street to Barry Street.

In order to do the installation, several road closures need to be implemented.  The following list details the various phases and accompanying road closures:

  1. Phase 1: Monday, 13 February 2017: sleeve installation in southern half of Long Street at Kohler Street intersection.
  2. Phase 2: Tuesday, 14 February 2017: sleeve installation in northern half of Long Street at Kohler Street intersection.
  3. Phase 3: Wednesday and Thursday, 15 & 16 February 2017: sleeve installation across Kohler Street (northern leg of intersection with Long Street).
  4. Phase 4: Monday, 20 February 2017: sleeve installation across Church Street (northern leg of intersection with Long Street).

The following diagram indicates the different phases.

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Road closures due to electrical cable installation

During Phases 1 and 2, a short stop-go will be in place in Long Street to allow alternating two-way traffic.  

During Phase 3, the access to Kohler Street from Long Street will be closed.  Vehicles will have to find an alternative route to Bath Street and then turn into Kohler Street.

During Phase 4, the access to Church Street from Long Street will be closed.  Vehicles will have to find an alternative route to Bath Street and then turn into Church Street.

Cables will also be laid in the northern sidewalk of Long Street between Barry Street and Kohler Street.  The construction team will visit the adjoining properties individually to inform residents of any disruptions to their accesses.

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2017-02-16        Newsflash: Electrical Services Installation Update

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-02-16

Original title: Electrical Services Installation Update

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Due to the large number of existing services at the intersection of Long and Kohler Streets, Phase 3 of the cable installation (planned for yesterday and today) will take longer to complete (refer to the bulletin published on www.montagu.org.za dated 9 Feb 2017 for more information).  The northern leg of the intersection will remain closed tomorrow, and perhaps on Saturday as well.

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2017-02-20        Newsflash: Electrical Services Installation Update

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-02-20

Original title: (unconfirmed) Newsflash: Electrical Services Installation Update

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Due to the leiwater that leaked water into the trench at Church Street, Phase 4 of the cable installation (planned for today) will take longer to complete (refer to the bulletin published on www.montagu.org.za dated 9 Feb 2017 for more information).  The northern leg of the intersection of Long and Church Streets will remain closed until tomorrow evening.

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2017-02-20        Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Closure during Blasting Timeslot

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-02-20

Original title: Road closure in Cogmanskloof during blasting timeslot

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The R62 between Ashton and Montagu will be closed from 11:00 to 13:00 on Thursday, 2 March 2017, due to the digging of test pits in Cogmanskloof.  The N2 is an alternative route.  

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2017-02-21        Bulletin: Closure of R60 & Zandvliet Road Intersection

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-02-21

Original title: Closure Of R60 & Zandvliet Road Intersection

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The construction team is ready to construct the southern half of the intersection of Zandvliet Road with the R60 in Ashton.  The northern half of the intersection (at Unipack) was built last year.

In order to build the intersection, the intersection needs to be closed to traffic during March and April 2017.  The western end of Zandvliet Road will therefore not be accessible during this time.  Vehicles will have to drive to the other end of Zandvliet Road (at km 17.3, across from Bruwer St) to access any properties along Zandvliet Road.  

The following picture indicates the construction zone and the alternative access to Zandvliet Road.

Closure of intersection of R60 & Zandvliet Road during March and April 2017

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2017-03-01        Bulletin: Services Installation in Long Street (from Kohler St to Market St)

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-03-01

Original title: Services Installation In Long Street (From Kohler St To Market St)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

As part of the new electrical services being installed in Long Street, cables need to be laid from the mini-sub at Kohler Street to Market Street.

In order to do the installation, several road closures need to be implemented.  The following list details the various phases and accompanying road closures:

1.        Phase 1: Friday, 3 March 2017:

a.        Sleeve installation in southern half of Long Street at Kohler Street intersection.

b.        Sleeve installation across Market Street (at intersection with Long Street).

2.        Phase 2: Monday, 6 March 2017: Sleeve installation across Du Toit Street (northern leg of   intersection with Long Street).

3.        Phase 3: Tuesday, 7 March 2017: sleeve installation in northern half of Long Street at Du Toit Street intersection.

4.        Phase 4: Wednesday & Thursday, 8 & 9 March 2017: sleeve installation in southern half of Long Street at Du Toit Street intersection.

The following diagram indicates the different phases.

Road closures due to electrical cable installation

During Phases 1, 3, and 4, a short stop-go will be in place in Long Street to allow alternating two-way traffic.  

During Phase 1, the access to Market Street from Long Street will be closed.  Vehicles will have to find an alternative route to Bath Street and then turn into Market Street.

During Phase 2, the access to Du Toit Street from Long Street will be closed.  Vehicles will have to find an alternative route to Bath Street and then turn into Du Toit Street.

The public’s attention is drawn to the notice published on 17 January 2017 about the one-way ring-road system from Du Toit to Cross Street.  The construction team urges the public to drive slowly and obey road signs indicating the one-way direction.

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2017-03-28        Bulletin: Traffic Violations

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-03-08

Original title: Traffic Violations

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The problem of people ignoring traffic signs, especially the one-way signs, is becoming more serious.  

The construction team is reporting more and more incidents of drivers ignoring traffic signs and displaying dangerous behaviour.  Vehicles that are speeding and violating traffic signs, especially the one-way signs, are a serious safety risk to everyone on the street.

The following locations are especially dangerous:

  1. The eastbound one-way section between Voortrekker Bridge and Church Street in Montagu:  This section is a one-way section and there are residents who continue to drive in the wrong direction.  Please be patient – instead of driving into oncoming traffic, please take the correct ring-road route to get to your destination.

  1. The eastbound one-way section between Du Toit Street and Cross Street in Montagu:  This section is across from the primary school and has a lot of pedestrian traffic.  Please do not be a safety hazard – slow down and follow the ring-road one-way direction.

The situation has become so serious that the construction team has notified the local and provincial traffic departments to assist with law enforcement.  

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2017-03-10        Bulletin: Services Installation in Long Street and Closure of Market Street

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-03-10

Original title: Services Installation in Long Street and Closure of Market Street

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The installation of services in Long Street is continuing.  This bulletin contains a summary of the next phase of road closures.  

  1. Closure of Market Street intersection:  This closure will be implemented on Tuesday, 14 March 2017, and will be in place for several weeks.
  2. Phase 1: Wednesday, 15 March 2017:  Sleeve installation across Kohler Street (southern leg of intersection with Long Street).  Note that no alternative vehicle access will be possible!
  3. Phase 2: Thursday, 16 March 2017: Sleeve installation in northern half of Long Street at Kohler Street intersection.
  4. Phase 3: Friday, 17 March 2017: sleeve installation in southern half of Long Street at Kohler Street intersection.

The following diagram indicates the different phases.

Road closures due to services installation

During Phase 1, there will be no vehicle access to the southern part of Kohler Street.  Residents will have to make arrangements to park their vehicles outside the closed area before 07:00 on Wednesday, 15 March 2017.  The closure is expected to be in place until nightfall.

During Phases 2 and 3, a short stop-go will be in place in Long Street to allow alternating two-way traffic.  

For the next few weeks, the closure of the intersection of Market Street with Long Street requires vehicles to find an alternative route to Bath Street and then turn into Market Street  

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2017-03-13        Bulletin: Station Way Detour in Ashton

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-03-13

Original title: Station Way Detour In Ashton

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Construction Phase S2, the widening of the R60 turn-off towards Swellendam, is underway in Ashton.  

The intersection of the R60 with Industria Road needs to be closed for a couple of months in order to install the services and build the road layers at the intersection.  From 20 March 2017, the traffic will be diverted to Station Way and along the railway tracks.  The following diagram indicates the detour and the road section that will be closed.

Detour via Station Way from 20 March 2017 for two months

All the properties in the industrial area will be affected by the intersection closure.  The most notable businesses that will require visitors to follow the detour are the Ashton Traffic Department and the SPCA.  

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2017-03-31        Bulletin: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street – Phase 2: 31 March – 19 April 2017

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-03-31

Original title: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street – Phase 2: 3 March – 19 April 2017

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The construction team will continue with the installation of the new stormwater pipeline in Du Toit Street (between Long Street and the low water bridge).  The first phase of the installation is complete, and the team will undertake Phase 2 during the Easter school holidays.

Construction zone: Phase 2

During Phase 2 of the installation, the portion of Du Toit Street between Long Street and the Spar overflow parking area will not be accessible to the public.  Phase 2 is scheduled to commence on 31 March 2017 and should be complete by 19 April 2017.

The following diagram shows the construction zone during Phase 2.  

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Phase 2 of Du Toit Street stormwater installation

No Access for Pedestrians or Vehicles Within Construction zone

It is important to note that absolutely no pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed in the construction zone.  The school grounds can be accessed from the entrance on Long Street.

From the Spar overflow parking area, a detour via Van Riebeeck Street will allow vehicles to return to Long Street.

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2017-04-04        Bulletin: Two-Way Traffic past Montagu Spar

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-04-04

Original title: Two-way Traffic Past Montagu Spar

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

While the stormwater installation is underway in Du Toit Street (31 March to 19 April 2017), a temporary arrangement will be in place to allow two-way traffic past Montagu Spar.  This arrangement will allow vehicles to return from the overflow parking area to Long Street without having to follow a detour.

The parking bays next to Spar will be temporarily removed to create space for two-way traffic past the building.  The following diagram shows the traffic flow past Spar.

 

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Two-way traffic flow past Montagu Spar (31 March to 19 April 2017)

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2017-04-06        Bulletin: Easter Holiday Site Closure

Written by the Project Team and Montagu.org.za

Date: 2017-04-06 and 2017-04-10

Original title: Easter Holiday Site Closure

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Original bulletin published on 6 April 2017:

Written by the Project Team

The Easter holidays are coming up and the construction team will be taking a break from 7 to 18 April 2017.  

Only minor construction work will take place during this time.  A small team will continue with the stormwater pipe installation in Du Toit Street.  Work will also continue at Voortrekker Bridge and electrical cables will be installed within the grounds of Montagu Primary School.

One of the current one-way sections in Long Street (from Du Toit Street to the Talana Road) will revert to two-way traffic for this holiday.  That means that two-way traffic will be in place from Church Street all the way towards Barrydale (until 19 April 2017).  

The one-way traffic section from Voortrekker Bridge to Church Street will remain in place, as well as the one-way section in Van Riebeeck Street between Brink St and Voortrekker Bridge.

The traffic flow is shown in the following diagram.

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Traffic flow in Montagu during Easter holidays (7 to 18 April 2017)

The construction team will have a small maintenance team on site to ensure that the road remains safe.  To report any serious problems or concerns, please call 073-553-2171 or 076-340-4088.

Revised bulletin published on 10 April 2017:

Written by the Project Team and Montagu.org.za

Please note that the earlier post of this bulletin has been amended. After further contemplation and for practical reasons, the proposed opening to two-way traffic at the east end of Montagu has had to be retracted. 

During the Easter holidays the construction team will be taking a break from 7 to 18 April 2017.

Only minor construction work will take place during this time. A small team will continue with the stormwater pipe installation in Du Toit Street. Work will also continue at Voortrekker Bridge and electrical cables will be installed within the grounds of Montagu Primary School.

The work area in Long Street past the school will be made safe and one-way traffic through Long Street and Van Riebeeck Street will remain in place as it was previously. 

The construction team will have a small maintenance team on site to ensure that the road remains safe. To report any serious problems or concerns, please call 073-553-2171 or 076-340-4088.

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2017-04-21        Bulletin: Continuation of Services Installation Between Church and Cross Streets

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-04-21

Original title: Continuation of Services Installation between Church and Cross Streets

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The installation of services in Long Street is continuing.  In the coming weeks, the construction team will install various services along the sidewalks, and across the roads, in Long Street and the side roads between Church and Cross Streets.

Some of the work will require short-term stop-go traffic control, for example, the service sleeves across half of Long Street at the Kohler Street intersection that will be installed on Monday, 24 April 2017 (see diagram below).

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Half-width road closure on Monday, 24 April 2017

Some of the services will be installed below the sidewalks and accesses to properties will be obstructed from time to time.  The construction team will endeavour to notify all residents before work across their driveways will commence.

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2017-05-18        Bulletin: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street: Phase 3 and 4

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-05-18

Original title: Stormwater Installation in Du Toit Street: Phase 3 and 4

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The construction team will continue with the installation of the new stormwater pipeline in Du Toit Street (between Long Street and the low water bridge).  The first two phases of the installation are complete, and the team will now undertake Phase 3 and 4.

Construction zone

During Phase 3 of the the installation, the portion of Du Toit Street between Long Street and the entrance to the Spar delivery area will not be accessible to the public.  

Phase 3 has commenced on 16 May 2017 and should be complete by 19 May 2017.

During Phase 4, the entire intersection of Long and Du Toit Street will be closed.  Phase 4 is scheduled to commence on Monday, 22 May 2017.  The entire intersection will therefore be closed from 08:00 on Monday, 22 May 2017, until 08:00 on Wednesday, 24 May 2017.

The following diagram shows the construction zones during Phase 3 and 4

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Phase 3 and 4 of Du Toit Street stormwater installation

Traffic diversions

During the 48-hour closure of Long Street, the eastbound traffic on Long Street will be rerouted to Bath Street via Kohler Street.  The traffic on Bath Street will be monitored.  Should it be necessary, the parking bays on one side of Bath Street will be made available as extra travelling width, thereby prohibiting parking on that side.

On Long Street, between the construction zone and Cross Street, only local access will be possible.  See the following diagram for more details.

The westbound traffic will continue to travel on Van Riebeeck Street.

The construction team will position flagmen at intersections to help direct traffic.

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Traffic diversion via Bath Street during 48h closure of Long & Du Toit intersection

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2017-05-02        Newsflash: Water supply disruption on Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-05-02

Original title: Community Newsflash: Water supply disruption on Wednesday, 3 May 2017

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Original newsflash published on 2 May 2017:

The water supply to the properties adjoining Long Street, between Barry Street and Du Toit Street, will be interrupted on Wednesday, 3 May 2017.  The water will be switched off at 10:00 and should be switched on again by 13:00.

This water supply disruption is necessary in order to install the next section of the temporary water main in Long Street.

Updated newsflash published on 2 May 2017:

In response to the request from The Rambling Rose restaurant, we have agreed to change the timeslot of the water supply disruption.  The water will be switched off tomorrow from 08:30 until 11:00.  We apologise for the inconvenience.

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2017-05-24        Newsflash: Du Toit Street Construction zones

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-05-24

Original title: COMMUNITY NEWSFLASH: (24 May 2017)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

During Phase 4 of the stormwater installation in Du Toit Street, the construction team exposed a sewer pipeline.  A manhole is being built around the crossing of the stormwater and sewer.  Due to this work, the southern leg of the Long-Du Toit Street intersection will remain closed until Monday, 29 May 2017.

In addition, the northern leg of the Long-Du Toit Street intersection will also be closed until 9 June 2017 in order to build stormwater catch pits.

Due to this work, an eastbound one-way system will be in place in Long Street from Spar to Cross Street.

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2017-05-31        Bulletin: Blasting at Voortrekker Bridge on Thursday, 8 June 2017

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-05-31 and 2017-06-08

Original title: Blasting at Voortrekker Bridge on Thursday, 8 June 2017

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Original bulletin published on 31 May 2017:

The construction team is constructing the piers of the Voortrekker Bridge at the western entrance to Montagu.  A small portion of rock needs to be blasted.

The blasting at the Voortrekker Bridge is scheduled for 11:00 on Thursday, 8 June 2017.

Because of the small size and the location of the blast, it will not be necessary to close the R62 through Cogmanskloof for an extended period.  Before the blast at 11am, the traffic will be stopped at the stop-go’s and the area cleared.  The estimated waiting time is 20 minutes.  The traffic will be allowed to travel again as soon as the blasting area has been checked after the blast.

During this blasting closure, the slip lane of the intersection at Voortrekker Bridge will be closed and traffic will therefore not be able to drive via the ring-road system to access Long Street.  The waiting time is estimated at 20 minutes

Bulletin update published on 8 June 2017:

Due to the rainy weather, the blast scheduled for today at 11:00 has been postponed until 14:00 this afternoon. As stated in the bulletin published on 31 May 2017, the impact on the traffic will be minimal.

The construction team is constructing the piers of the Voortrekker Bridge at the western entrance to Montagu. A small portion of rock needs to be blasted.

Because of the small size and the location of the blast, it will not be necessary to close the R62 through Cogmanskloof for an extended period. Before the blast, the traffic will be stopped at the stop-go’s and the area cleared. The estimated waiting time is 20 minutes. The traffic will be allowed to travel again as soon as the blasting area has been checked after the blast.

During this blasting closure, the slip lane of the intersection at Voortrekker Bridge will be closed and traffic will therefore not be able to drive via the ring-road system to access Long Street. The waiting time is estimated at 20 minutes.

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2017-06-16        Bulletin: Construction Programme Update

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-06-16

Original title: Construction Programme Update

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Phases of Construction

The road and bridge construction project is divided into several phases.  During the course of construction, the phases were adapted to simplify some work sequences.  The latest construction phases are indicated in Diagram 1.  

Montagu still consists of three main phases (M1 to M3), while Ashton consists of five phases (A1 to A5).  Cogmanskloof now consists of six phases (C3 to C8) because Phases C1 and C2 have been absorbed into Phases S3 and C4.  The turn-off to Swellendam consists of five phases (S1 to S5).

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Diagram 1: Revised project construction phases  (click to enlarge)

Revised Construction Programme for Montagu

For information about the original construction phases, please visit the archives.

The remaining work in Montagu is divided into the following phases:

Both phases M2 and M3 are divided into shorter work sections (A, B, and C) as shown in Diagram 2.  Please note that the naming of the phases has changed.

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Diagram 2: Revised construction phases in Montagu

Due to various reasons, the construction in Montagu has taken much longer than initially anticipated – see the archived bulletin published on 25 May 2016 for the details of the causes of delays.  More recently, further delays were caused by technical difficulties encountered whilst replacing the electrical reticulation network, replacing the old water main in Long Street, and undertaking additional work to prevent the leiwater channels from leaking water into the road and adjacent properties.

The latest planned construction programme in Montagu is as follows:

On completion of all phases in Montagu, a 40mm asphalt layer will be placed as the final surface of the road.

Please note that the durations stated may change as a result of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen physical conditions encountered during construction.

Revised Construction Programme for Cogmanskloof

In Cogmanskloof, work is currently taking place in two sections.  The planned sequence of work is as follows:

Construction Programme for Ashton

The road construction in Ashton consists of five main phases.  However, in order to allow access to the northern areas at all times, Phases A1 and A2 were divided into shorter work sections as follows:

As part of Phases A1 and A2, the roadworks have been completed in sections A1a and A2a (see Photo 1 below), while work is continuing in section A1b.

On the eastern side of Ashton, the section between the Total garage and the turn-off to Swellendam is currently under construction as part of Phase S2.  This phase should be completed by August 2017.

The remaining phases in Ashton will be completed during 2018 in order to tie-in with the completion of the new Ashton Bridge.

Please note that the durations stated may change as a result of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen physical conditions encountered during the construction.

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Photo 1: Completed roadway in Ashton in Phases A1 and A2  (click to enlarge)

Boy Retief Bridge Construction Progress

The sub-structures of Boy Retief Bridge are almost complete.  Only the dummy wall on the northern side (Montagu’s side) must still be completed.

The construction team has started with the support work for the soffit of the deck (see Photo 2 below).  The deck is scheduled to be completed early in 2018.

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Photo 2: Construction of southern deck support at Boy Retief Bridge  (click to enlarge)

Voortrekker Bridge Construction Progress

The western abutment of Voortrekker Bridge has been completed, as well as the first two piers.

The construction team is in the process of preparing the soffit in order to place the steel reinforcing and the void formers for the bridge deck (see Photo 3 below).  The deck is scheduled to be completed late in 2017.

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Photo 3: Preparations of temporary works for western deck soffit of Voortrekker Bridge  (click to enlarge)

Ashton Bridge Construction Progress

The temporary sub-structure for the new Ashton Bridge has been completed.  The construction team is now placing 112 (red) super beams that will form part of the temporary bridge support (shown in Photo 4 below).

There are also a variety of existing services in the vicinity of the Ashton Bridge that are being exposed at the moment in order to plan the relocation of the services.

The launch date of the new Ashton Bridge (moving from its temporary position into its permanent position) is not confirmed yet, but estimated to be in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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Photo 4: Super beams placed at the Ashton Bridge  (click to enlarge)

Construction during Long Weekend

The construction team often works during weekends and public holidays in return for taking a short break every second month.  The skilled employees who have relocated from outside the Western Cape use these breaks to visit their families.    

This long weekend of 16 June 2017, the construction team will be working to make up for the lost production time due to the rainy weather of the past few weeks.  The team will then be taking a break from 22 to 28 June 2017.  This break has been scheduled in advance and will not affect the programme as detailed in this bulletin.

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2017-06-19        Bulletin: Detour via Zandvliet Rd in Ashton, 19-23 June 2017

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-06-19

Original title: Detour via Zandvliet Rd in Ashton, 19-23 June 2017

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The R60 in Ashton will be closed from 19 to 23 June 2017 between Middle and Voortrekker Streets in order to install stormwater pipes.  A detour via Zandvliet Road will accommodate traffic.

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Detour via Zandvliet Rd in Ashton from 19-23 June 2017

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2017-07-26        Bulletin: Closure of Long Street between Barry and Church Streets, Montagu on 27 July 2017

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-07-26

Original title: Closure of Long Street between Barry and Church Streets, Montagu on 27 July 2017

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

A section of Long Street, between Barry and Church Streets, will be closed to traffic on 27 July 2017.  This closure will allow the construction team to install sleeves for various services to cross Long Street.

A local detour will be in place for the duration of the work, and will be facilitated by flagmen.  The following picture gives an indication of the traffic diversion.

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Detour from Long Street on 27 July 2017

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2017-08-14        Bulletin: Stormwater system installation in Church Street, Montagu

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-08-14

Original title: Stormwater system installation in Church Street, Montagu

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The construction team is ready to install the stormwater pipeline in Church Street, between Long Street and the Kingna River.  The installation will be broken into short sections and will start at the downstream side close to the river and move towards Long Street.  The construction work will start on Wednesday, 16 August 2017.

During the installation, the traffic in Church Street will be regulated by flagmen so that the construction team has adequate working space.  At night, the road will be open to two-way traffic.

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2017-10-05        Bulletin: Montagu Construction Update

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-10-05

Original title: Montagu Construction Update

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Progress of construction in Montagu


The work in Montagu is divided into the following phases:


The construction of the roadway in Phases M2 (A and C) and M3 (A and C) is now complete*.  The phase that is now under construction is M2B (LHS).
*The roadway is complete, except for the final asphalt surface layer that will be installed at a later stage in Phases M2A and M3A and part of Phase M3C.

Diagram 1: Current roadway construction in Phase M2B in Montagu

The latest planned construction programme in Montagu is as follows:

 

The roadway is complete, except for the final asphalt layer, which will be installed at a later stage.  The sidewalks will be constructed while two-way traffic is accommodated.

 

This phase is under construction now and the roadway will be completed before December 2017.  During this construction phase, only one-way traffic towards the east (Barrydale) is possible as shown in Diagram 2.  The sidewalks and final asphalt layer will be constructed in 2018.

 

This phase will follow the completion of M2B.  If the construction of Phase M2B progresses well, the roadway of Phase M3B will be constructed before Christmas 2017.  Otherwise, the construction is expected during the first half of 2018.  The sidewalks and final asphalt layer will be constructed in 2018.

 

The roadway is complete in this section, except for a short section of M3C that will receive its final asphalt surface layer at a later stage.  The sidewalks and last services are being installed now and some of it will be complete by Christmas 2017.  Due to the construction of Voortrekker Bridge and the road works in Cogmanskloof, this phase will remain a one-way traffic section until Christmas 2017.

 

Please note that the durations stated may change as a result of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen physical conditions encountered during construction.

 

Traffic flow in Montagu

 

The traffic flow in Montagu during the current construction phase is shown in Diagram 2.  Due to the completion of Phase M2A and M3A, it is now possible to access the Montagu town centre from Barrydale’s side via Cross Street.  

Diagram 2: Traffic flow during construction phase M2B in Montagu

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2017-12-06        Newsflash: Construction zones in Montagu

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-12-06

Original title: Community Newsflash: Construction zones in Montagu

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

In order to complete the final asphalt layer in Long Street, between Du Toit Street and the Van der Merwe Bridge, the construction team needs to make changes to the construction zones in Montagu.


Over the next few days, several short-term road closures will be implemented in Long Street. For a few hours at a time, parts of Long Street and its intersections with side streets will be closed to traffic. During the course of Thursday, 7 December 2017, parts of the intersections of Long Street with Du Toit and Market Streets will be closed.


Traffic will be diverted by traffic control officers.


The construction team appreciates the patience of the local residents. The construction work in Montagu is progressing well and everything is still on track to open Long Street to two-way traffic before 16 December 2017.

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2017-12-11        Bulletin: 2017 Construction Progress & Holiday Arrangements

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2017-12-11

Original title: 2017 Construction Progress & Holiday Arrangements

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Progress of Construction in Ashton

The main road construction at the western end of Ashton is complete, between Ashton Cellars and Middle Street.  A portion of the south side lanes on the eastern end of Ashton, in the vicinity of the Total Garage, is also complete.

The construction of the new Ashton Bridge is progressing well.  The passing traffic will notice the spring points of the concrete arches at the western end of the bridge.  Early next year, the temporary support work will be erected to continue with the 23m high arch structure.

The northern half of the main road between Middle Street and Voortrekker Street is currently under construction and will not be open to traffic during the December holidays.  However, since there are two lanes on the southern half of the main road, two-way traffic will always be maintained through the town of Ashton without any stop-go’s.

Progress of Construction in Cogmanskloof


In Cogmanskloof, the progress of the construction phases* can be summarised as follows:

*A diagram of the construction phases is available in the archives in the bulletin of 16 June 2017.

Progress of Construction in Montagu

The construction work in Montagu has progressed well during 2017.  The road construction of Phases* M2A, M2C, M3A, and M3C of Long Street is complete.  The central section, Phases M2B and M3B, is not yet complete.  However, this section can be utilised by traffic during the holiday period due to the bitumen-stabilised base layer.  

Long Street will be open to two-way traffic during the December holiday period.  A short stop-go will be implemented at Voortrekker Bridge, at the western entrance to Montagu.

Some of the work that will continue in 2018, will be the construction of the kerbs and sidewalks, the placing of the final asphalt surface layer in the central portion of Long Street (Phases M2B and M3B), and the construction of Voortrekker Bridge at the western entrance to Montagu.

The construction of the western portion of Van Riebeeck Street will commence in 2018.

*A diagram of the construction phases is available in the archives in the bulletin of 16 June 2017.

Stop-go’s during holidays

The entire route from Ashton, through Cogmanskloof Pass, to Montagu will be open to traffic during the holidays.  However, at some points, the road will be too narrow to allow two-way traffic simultaneously.  Short stop-go zones will therefore be implemented at the following locations during the holiday season:

The waiting times at each stop-go should be less than 5 minutes, but at peak times travellers can expect waiting times of up to 10 minutes at each stop-go.

Arrangements for the year-end holidays

The construction team will have a small team on site throughout the holidays.  This team will ensure that the road remains safe by, among other things, fixing potholes, and maintaining the road signs.

To report any problems, please call 073-553-2171 or 071-649-0665.

Happy holidays!

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2018-03-09        Bulletin: Road Construction Update

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2018-03-09

Original title: Road Construction Update

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Progress of construction in Ashton

At the western end of Ashton, the main road construction is complete between Ashton Cellars and Middle Street.  The construction is now underway on the northern lanes between Middle Street and Bruwer Street, which is still part of Construction Phase A1 (see diagram later).

At the eastern end of Ashton, a portion of the south side lanes is complete, and construction on the northern lanes is now underway (parts of Phases S1 to S5).

Two-way traffic through the town of Ashton is being maintained without any stop-go’s.

Progress of construction in Cogmanskloof


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Schematic of construction phases along road from Ashton to Montagu

In Cogmanskloof, the construction of Phase C6 started early this year.  Some rock blasting will be required in this phase, so please keep an eye on the blasting schedule.  A stop-go is in place along the entire length of Phase C6. Travellers should expect waiting times of up to 20 minutes.

The roadworks on Phases C3 and C4 is complete, but finishing work along the edges and the construction of stormwater drain, are currently underway.  Similarly, the roadworks on Phases C7 and C8 is complete, but finishing work along the edges, including the construction of stormwater drains and stone walls, are currently underway.  A short stop-go is in place in Phase C7/C8 to facilitate the construction of the stone walls. This stop-go section includes a portion of road into Montagu (around Voortrekker Bridge) to facilitate the completion of the bridge.

Progress of construction in Montagu


The road construction in Montagu is almost complete.  The installation of kerbs and construction of sidewalks are continuing.  Some of the last work in Montagu will be the placing of the final asphalt layer in the central part of Long Street, as well as the reinstatement of several road sections in side streets.

Two-way traffic has been reinstated throughout Long Street, since most of the remaining work will take place on the edges of the road.

The construction of the western portion of Van Riebeeck Street will commence later this year.

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2018-03-09        Bulletin: Blasting in Cogmanskloof to resume

Written by the Project Team

Date published: 2018-03-09

Original title: Blasting in Cogmanskloof to resume

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

As part of the road project, the road alignment will be improved at several locations in Cogmanskloof.  At a few of these locations, blasting of the rock face will be required in order to create space for the new road.  

Blasting is now required in Phases C5 and C6.

The blasting will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next 3 to 5 months.  The road through Cogmanskloof will be closed from 11:00 to 13:00 on the days of blasting.

With the intention of providing the safest possible environment, traffic will be prevented from entering Cogmanskloof at 11:00 on the days of blasting.  The traffic will be stopped on the eastern side of Ashton and on the western side of Montagu.   Road signs will warn motorists in advance of the road closures.

Here is the blasting schedule for the next few months:

Cogmanskloof Blasting Schedule (March 2018 to May 2018)

Thursday

15 March 2018

Blasting

Tuesday

20 March 2018

Blasting

Thursday

22 March 2018

Blasting

Tuesday

27 March 2018

Blasting

Thursday

29 March 2018

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

03 April 2018

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

05 April 2018

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

10 April 2018

Blasting

Thursday

12 April 2018

Blasting

Tuesday

17 April 2018

Blasting

Thursday

19 April 2018

Blasting

Tuesday

24 April 2018

Blasting

Thursday

26 April 2018

No blasting

Tuesday

01 May 2018

No blasting - public holiday

Thursday

03 May 2018

Blasting

Tuesday

08 May 2018

Blasting

Thursday

10 May 2018

Blasting

Tuesday

15 May 2018

Blasting

Thursday

17 May 2018

Blasting

Future dates will be confirmed at a later stage.

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2018-03-14        Newsflash: Closure of Van Riebeeck Street

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2018-03-14

Original title: Community Newsflash: Closure of Van Riebeeck Street between the Aasvoëlkrans Guest House and the TR31 (main road) at Voortrekker Bridge:

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The western section of Van Riebeeck Street will be closed between Aasvoëlkrans Guest House and the TR31 (main road) at Voortrekker Bridge as from Thursday 15 March 2018. Traffic travelling westward down Van Riebeeck Street towards Ashton will therefore have to turn right into Church Street and proceed down to Long Street, where it must turn left to Ashton.


This closure is necessary for the reconstruction and appurtenant works required on the lower section of Van Riebeeck Street. It is expected that this work, which includes the relocation of major watermains and the construction a 300m long Reinforced Earth wall, will take approximately 12 months to complete. This section of Van Riebeeck Street will therefore be re-opened to traffic during the first quarter of 2019.

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2018-05-17        Blasting schedule

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2018-05-17

Original title: Blasting schedule (until August 2018)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Here is the blasting schedule for the next few months.

The R62 through Cogmanskloof will be closed from 11:00 to 13:00 on the days of blasting.

Blasting Schedule (May to August 2018)

Thursday

17 May 2018

Blasting

Tuesday

22 May 2018

Blasting

Thursday

24 May 2018

Blasting

Tuesday

29 May 2018

Blasting

Thursday

31 May 2018

Blasting

Tuesday

05 June 2018

Blasting

Thursday

07 June 2018

Blasting

Tuesday

12 June 2018

Blasting

Thursday

14 June 2018

Blasting

Tuesday

19 June 2018

Blasting

Thursday

21 June 2018

Blasting

Tuesday

26 June 2018

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

28 June 2018

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

03 July 2018

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

05 July 2018

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

10 July 2018

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

12 July 2018

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

17 July 2018

Blasting

Thursday

19 July 2018

Blasting

Tuesday

24 July 2018

Blasting

Thursday

26 July 2018

Blasting

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2018-06-05        Bulletin: Basil Read Road Construction Update

Written by the Basil Read Team

Date: 2018-06-05

Original title: Basil Read Road Construction Update

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The following bulletin is a progress report from Basil Read.

New Ashton arch bridge under construction

Progress of construction in Ashton

At the western end of Ashton, the main road construction is complete between Ashton Cellars and Middle Street. Only final trimming, landscaping, road marking and permanent road signs to be erected. The construction is now underway on the Northern lanes (LHS) between Middle Street and Bruwer Street, which is still part of Construction Phase A1 (see diagram later). Asphalt in this section is scheduled to start in June 2018 so to divert traffic and start on the Southern side (RHS).

At the eastern end of Ashton, a portion of the South (RHS) side lanes is complete, and construction on the Northern lanes is now underway (parts of Phases S1 to S5). Asphalt will also be done on the Northern side with this establishment in June 2018.

We have also started installing the new services (Storm Water, service sleeves etc.) in Phase A3 (LHS) with the traffic traveling on the RHS.

Two-way traffic through the town of Ashton is being maintained without any stop-go's.

There will also a temporary by-pass on the LHS from Barry Street past Kekkel en Kraai up to Ashton Bridge. When this is completed, we can start with the fill and construction of the temporary bypass over Ashton bridge in the current temporary position.

Progress of construction in Cogmanskloof

Schematic of construction phases from Ashton to Montagu

We are still busy with construction of Phases C5 and C6. Blasting of rock in certain areas are required to realign the road to improve the sight distance through the Kloof. The blasting in the Kloof does take longer than conventional blasting because of the time frame (2hours) we have to close the road, blast, make safe, clean up and then open the road again for traffic. This limits the volume of material we can blast per event.

Blasting is also required in areas where subsoil and telecommunication sleeves are to be installed in the cuttings. A stop-go is in place along the entire length of Phase C5 and C6. Travellers should expect waiting times of up to 20 minutes. The Kloof will also be periodically closed for maintenance of the gravel temporary by-passes, but for shorter periods.

The roadworks on Phases C3 and C4 are complete and finishing work along the edges and the construction of storm water concrete side drains are currently underway. Similarly, the roadworks on Phases C7 and C8 is complete, but finishing work along the edges, including the construction of storm water concrete side drains and stone guard walls, are in progress.

A short stop-go is in place in Phase C7/C8 to facilitate the construction of the stone guard walls. This stop-go section includes a portion of road into Montagu (around Voortrekker Bridge) to facilitate the completion of the bridge and approach slabs.

Voortrekker Bridge is almost complete - outstanding works are the parapets and the CRCP concrete slab on the Western side. When completed, dual traffic will be diverted over the bridge into Montagu such that demolition of the existing Voortrekker Bridge can commence.

New Voortrekker Bridge construction

We are also in the process of completing the TerraTrel (retaining) wall W162 in the Kloof where the road alignment was revised to ensure that the Kloof will stay open for traffic in flood conditions.

Stone cladding at TerraTrel retaining wall system in Cogmanskloof

We have also started with the construction of the new redesigned concrete retaining wall W161 that needs to be constructed between Boy Retief Bridge and Billy Loftus Bridge where the road is also realigned to improve the sight distance on this portion of the road.

The deck of Boy Retief Bridge is complete and has been stressed. The team currently busy at Voortrekker Bridge will move to Boy Retief in the next 2 weeks to complete the last two ear walls, the parapets and approach slabs. The realignment to tie the road into Boy Retief Bridge has already started. As soon as the traffic can travel over Boy Retief Bridge the old bridge will also be demolished.

For information: When all the road works in Cogmanskloof are complete a second slurry seal will be done with a fine/fine slurry seal over the current completed 19mm Cape Seal. Thereafter the road marking will be applied.

Progress of construction in Montagu

The road construction in Montagu is almost complete. The 40mm AE-2 Asphalt in Long Street from Rambling Rose up to Spar will be done in June 2018. All the kerb and channels have been installed. Drop kerbs for pedestrian access is being installed at the intersections.

For Information: Basil Read has vacated the Toyota laydown area in Long Street after receiving some complaints from local residents. All plant and material is now stored either at Voortrekker Bridge or the laydown area we have outside of town called Goudmyn.

The extra distribution sleeve installation plus the construction of AJB's (Accessible Junction Box) will be completed by middle of July 2018. As this additional sleeve was a late request by Telkom, it takes a lot longer to install due to all the old and new services (house connections) that now need to be protected and worked around.

The material to be used to manufacture the Lei-water sluice structure cast in steel specials was confirmed as stainless steel and a local engineering shop will be manufacturing these specials for Basil Read. We intend to start in the next two weeks with construction of the new 39 no. sluice structures.

The sidewalk related works in Montagu has taken a lot longer than anticipated due to the constant change of the existing boundary walls, fences etc. A lot of effort and time has gone into creating the widest possible sidewalk from back of the barrier kerb to boundary wall. This has necessitated the demolition of existing concrete which has been time consuming. We have two subcontractors working on the sidewalks at this stage and are looking at appointing a third subcontractor to try and expedite the completion of the sidewalk related works in Montagu Long Street.

Two-way traffic has been reinstated throughout Long Street, since most of the remaining work will take place on the sidewalks. Some of the last work in Montagu will be the reinstatement of road surface in the side streets. (Kohler and Church Street)

We have also started with the fill in Van Riebeeck Street (DR1373) so to start with the relocation of the CIB 600mm dia. and 300mm dia. Municipal Ductile Iron water lines in this area.

Progress of Ashton Bridge construction

Ashton Bridge is behind schedule at this stage but the team is working very hard to pull back the programme to divert the traffic over the Ashton Bridge in its temporary position before the end of 2018. (Where the bridge is constructed at this stage)

When the traffic has been diverted onto the new bridge in its temporary position, the existing bridge can be demolished and excavation for the two new permanent abutments can start.

As soon as these permanent abutments are complete the roadworks will be tied into the back of the abutments and the bridge will be launched into its permanent position.

Aerial view of new Ashton Bridge deck

Support work for the Ashton Bridge arch being erected

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2018-06-11        Blasting schedule

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2018-06-11

Original title: Updated blasting schedule (until August 2018)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Please take note that the blasting operations have been suspended temporarily until further notice.

Therefore, the R62 through Cogmanskloof WILL NOT be closed between 11:00 and 13:00 on Tuesday, 12 June 2018, or any day thereafter until further notice.

Here is the updated blasting schedule.

Blasting Schedule (June to August 2018)

Tuesday

12 June 2018

No blasting

Thursday

14 June 2018

No blasting

Tuesday

19 June 2018

No blasting

Thursday

21 June 2018

No blasting

Tuesday

26 June 2018

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

28 June 2018

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

03 July 2018

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

05 July 2018

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

10 July 2018

No blasting - school holidays

Thursday

12 July 2018

No blasting - school holidays

Tuesday

17 July 2018

No blasting until further notice

Thursday

19 July 2018

No blasting until further notice

Tuesday

24 July 2018

No blasting until further notice

Thursday

26 July 2018

No blasting until further notice

Tuesday

31 July 2018

No blasting until further notice

Thursday

02 August 2018

No blasting until further notice

Tuesday

07 August 2018

No blasting until further notice

Thursday

09 August 2018

No blasting - public holiday

Tuesday

14 August 2018

No blasting until further notice

Thursday

16 August 2018

No blasting until further notice

Tuesday

21 August 2018

No blasting until further notice

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2018-06-11        Newsflash: Blasting in Cogmanskloof temporarily suspended

Written by the Montagu Liaison Committee

Date: 2018-06-11

Original title: Blasting in Cogmanskloof temporarily suspended until further notice

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Blasting operations have been suspended temporarily until further notice. Therefore, the R62 through Cogmanskloof WILL NOT be closed between 11:00 and 13:00 on Tuesday, 12 June 2018, or any day thereafter until further notice. Future dates will be confirmed at a later stage.

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2018-06-21        Newsflash: Basil Read Business Rescue and Cogmanskloof Road Construction

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2018-06-21

Original title: News Flash (21 June 2018) - Basil Read Business Rescue and Cogmanskloof Road Construction

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

As most of the residents in Montagu and Ashton know, Basil Read has entered voluntary Business Rescue proceedings. Business rescue practitioners have been appointed and are assessing the current state of the business. Project C818 (The rehabilitation of 13.4 km of TR31 from Ashton to Montagu through Cogmanskloof) is also affected. The road construction activities have been scaled down at this stage.

The senior management of Basil Read will meet with the Western Cape Government Department of Transport and Public Works to explore mitigation measures for this road project. While the first report from the business rescue practitioners is awaited, Basil Read has decided to close the construction site for Project C818 in the meantime. This decision, in effect, will extend the planned June pay-weekend vacation for the construction workers with 7 working days.

The site office will close on Friday, 22 June 2018, and re-open on Tuesday, 10 July 2018. A small team will still be on duty to operate the two stop-go's in Cogmanskloof and to attend to any road maintenance. To report any problems, please call Quentin Chambers (Basil Read Safety Officer) on 082-459-9597.

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2018-07-27        Bulletin: Basil Read Business Rescue Process

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2018-07-27

Original title: UPDATE: (27th July 2018)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Basil Read and the Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) have had a few meetings with the Western Cape Government (WCG) Department of Transport and Public Works to discuss the Roadworks Project and Basil Read’s situation. As soon as we have more information/decisions, it will be fed through to the community without delay.

On Basil Read’s website (http://www.basilread.co.za/business.php?pagename=Business%20Rescue), there is a link to the Business Rescue webpage: http://matusonassociates.co.za/basilread/

On the Business Rescue webpage, there are links to all the official information published as part of the Business Rescue process. One of the links opens a presentation that might be quite useful as background information. Here is the link to the presentation:

http://matusonassociates.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BRL-First-Meeting-of-Creditors-and-Employees-29062018.pdf

The presentation contains a slide showing the Business Rescue timeline. The extended date for the publication of the Business Rescue Plan is now 20 August 2018. Until the Business Rescue Plan is published, there is no more information available about Basil Read’s situation.

If and when there are any significant decisions made by the WCG Department of Transport and Public Works about this project, it will be fed through to the community. Until then, there are unfortunately no updates that we are authorised to publish.

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2018-08-14        Newsflash: Road Construction Project C818 Status Update

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2018-08-14

Original title: UPDATE: (14 August 2018): Road Construction Project C818 Status

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS STILL RELEVANT AND INCLUDED ON THE WEBPAGE.

As previously reported, Basil Read, the contractor appointed on Project C818 (The rehabilitation of 13.4km of Trunk Road 31 from Ashton to Montagu through Cogmanskloof) has been in Business Rescue since 15 June 2018. As a result, the construction progress on this project has ceased.

In view of this situation, the Western Cape Government (WCG) Department of Transport and Public Works, the main client for this project, has decided that it would be in the best interest of the project to terminate the contract with Basil Read.

The WCG, with the assistance of AECOM (the consulting engineers appointed for this project) are in the process of appointing an interim managing contractor to ensure that the construction site remains safe.

In the meantime, the documentation required to appoint a new main contractor to continue the construction of Project C818 is being compiled expeditiously. The process to appoint a new main contractor will take a few months.

Until the new main contractor is appointed, systems are in place to continue the safe operation of the stop-go’s on the R62 through Cogmanskloof. Any urgent road maintenance will also be attended to, as well as other essential work.

If any member of the public needs to report serious problems or concerns about the project, they can send an email to the Montagu Liaison Committee (ronel@montagu.org.za) who will, in turn, communicate with the project team.

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2018-08-24        Western Cape Government Press Release:  Roadworks delayed between Ashton and Montagu

Written by the Western Cape Government

Date: 2018-08-24

Original title: Western Cape Government MEDIA RELEASE (24 August 2018)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS STILL RELEVANT AND INCLUDED ON THE WEBPAGE.

ROADWORKS DELAYED BETWEEN ASHTON AND MONTAGU

A R650 million Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) roadworks project currently underway between Ashton and Montagu has been unavoidably delayed because Basil Read, the main contractor on the project, is in business rescue. An interim contractor will be appointed to manage the works until a project completion contractor can be appointed. The interim contractor will be appointed no later than the end of the first week of September 2018. The entire project is expected to be completed in July 2020.

DTPW is acutely aware of the impact of the project delay on subcontractors, workers, road users and local communities, and is taking urgent steps to remedy the situation. “This is not a case of simply appointing another contractor”, said Head of Department Jacqui Gooch. “The process of appointing a new contractor is a complex, legally regulated supply chain process that must take into account the impact on subcontractors and the community.”

“While it may seem that work is at a standstill, certain critical bridge and other works are currently being carried out and will continue through the appointment of the interim contractor. The entire construction site will be safeguarded until then,” she added.

Contract completion bidders will be required to have proven road and bridge construction experience. Financial due diligence assessments will be undertaken to minimise the risk of appointing a contractor who is unable to complete the project.

To date, approximately R31 million has been spent on targeted enterprises and approximately 80 000 person-days of work have been created.

DTPW regrets the extended and ongoing delays and disruption that the travelling public and residents along the route are experiencing. Every effort is being made to resume and complete the works as soon as possible.

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2018-08-28        Newsflash: Road maintenance in interim period

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2018-08-28

Original title: Update received: (Tuesday, 28 August)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

Basil Read was still helping us by means of a small maintenance team, but they have been away for the last few days and will hopefully be back on Wednesday.  The traffic accommodation team was supposed to help out during this period, but they don’t seem to be geared up for this type of work.

AECOM, overseers of the Project, have now made arrangements with another sub-contractor, for a start to fill the holes in Church street, which will be tomorrow morning. The subcontractor will also do some work on the bypass in Montagu, but for this he can only have the necessary plant on site on Wednesday. Thereafter AECOM will also look at the bypasses in the Kloof.

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2018-09-06        Newsflash: Interim Managing Contractor

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2018-09-06

Original title: ROADWORKS UPDATE: (Wednesday, 6 September)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS STILL RELEVANT AND INCLUDED ON THE WEBPAGE.

Some good news just received is that Haw & Inglis was appointed yesterday as the temporary managing contractor. This means that some emergency work through sub-contractors may now be carried out under their management.

Although H&I is not yet on site, arrangements have already been started with Mega Bouers to, for instance, remove the offending berm at Voortrekker Bridge that has caused some concern - especially among the farmers on the banks of the river, who expressed fears of possible flooding that could result if we experience some heavy bouts of rain. The sub-contractor is expected to start work on this early next week.

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2018-09-20        Bulletin: Detour via Zandvliet Road in Ashton, September 2018

Written by the Project Team, published via Facebook

Date: 2018-09-20

Original title: Community Newsflash: Detour via Zandvliet Road in Ashton, September 2018

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The R60 in Ashton will be closed on 20 and 21 September 2018 between Middle and Voortrekker Streets for emergency road maintenance.  A detour via Zandvliet Road will accommodate traffic.

Detour via Zandvliet Rd in Ashton, September 2018

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2018-09-26        Newsflash: Detour via Zandvliet Road in Ashton, September 2018

Written by the Project Team, published via Facebook

Date: 2018-09-26

Original title: Community Newsflash: Detour via Zandvliet Road in Ashton, September 2018  

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The R60 in Ashton will be closed on 27 and 28 September 2018 between Middle and Voortrekker Streets for emergency road maintenance. A short detour via Zandvliet Road will accommodate traffic.

Detour via Zandvliet Rd in Ashton, September 2018

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2018-10-05        Newsflash: Cogmanskloof Closure during Blasting Time Slot

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2018-10-05

Original title: Road closure in Cogmanskloof during blasting time slot

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The R62 through Cogmanskloof, between Ashton and Montagu, will be closed for 2 hours on the following days:

During these time slots, the gravel bypasses in Cogmanskloof will receive temporary asphalt surfacing. These asphalt surfaces will reduce the road maintenance costs and will improve the rideability of the road.  It is expected that the traffic through Cogmanskloof will also be able to travel slightly faster, especially during inclement weather, and will therefore result in slightly shorter waiting times at the stop-go’s.

While the R62 through Cogmanskloof is closed, the N2 is an alternative route.  

To report any problems on the road or construction site, please email ronel@montagu.org.za.

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2018-11-09        Newsflash: Detour via Zandvliet Road in Ashton, Monday, 12 November 2018

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2018-11-09

Original title: Detour via Zandvliet Road in Ashton, Monday, 12 November 2018  

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The R60 in Ashton will be closed for up to 2 hours at about midday on Monday, 12 November 2018, between Middle and Voortrekker Streets. A short detour via Zandvliet Road will accommodate traffic.

Detour via Zandvliet Rd in Ashton, 12 November 2018

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2018-11-12        Newsflash: Detour via Zandvliet Road in Ashton, Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2018-11-12

Original title: Detour via Zandvliet Road in Ashton, Tuesday  

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOW, WHOLLY OR PARTLY, OUTDATED OR IRRELEVANT

The R60 in Ashton will be closed for up to 2 hours at about midday on Tuesday, 13th November 2018, between Middle and Voortrekker Streets. A short detour via Zandvliet Road will accommodate traffic.

Detour via Zandvliet Rd in Ashton, 13 November 2018

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2018-11-12        Newsflash: Coronation Double Century Cycling Event - Road Closures

Written by Montagu.org.za

Date: 2018-11-12

Original title: Coronation Double Century Cycling Event - Road Closures  

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS STILL RELEVANT AND INCLUDED ON THE WEBPAGE

The Coronation Double Century Cycling Event will be coming through Montagu again on the 24th November this year. Please note the Road Closure (Streets and Times) as it may affect you:

Van Riebeeck Road - Montagu: 08h00 - 11h30
Kerk Street (between Lang Street & Van Riebeeck Road) - Montagu : 08h00 - 11h30
Lang Street (between Kerk Street and R62 Cogmanskloof Pass) Montagu : 08h00 - 11h30
R62 Cogmanskloof Pass (Montagu side) : 08h15 - 12h00
R62 Cogmanskloof Pass (Ashton side): 08h00 - 12h00
Zandvliet Road, Ashton : 08h30 -12h30
R317 from Bonnievale to Viljoensdrift : 09h30 - 13h30
Diversion on R317 at Viljoensdrift - traveling from the Robertson circle to Bonnievale: 09h30 - 13h30
R317 (from Rooibrug to Bonnievale): 10h15 - 14h30

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2018-11-14        Bulletin: Road Construction Project C818 Status Update

Written by the Project Team

Date: 2018-11-14

Original title: Bulletin: Road Construction Project C818 Status Update

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS STILL RELEVANT AND INCLUDED ON THE WEBPAGE

As previously reported, the Western Cape Government (WCG) Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) terminated the construction contract with Basil Read after they entered Business Rescue.  The WCG DTPW appointed Haw & Inglis (H&I) as the interim managing contractor while the tender process to appoint a new contractor is underway.

The tender closing date is late in November 2018, where after the tender evaluation and appointment processes will take place.  It is expected that a new contractor will establish on site early in 2019 to continue with the road construction project.

During the interim period, the project team (AECOM as the WCG’s agent, and H&I as the interim contractor) has overseen a variety of essential activities.  The stop-go closures on the R62 through Cogmanskloof are continuously maintained and operated, while countless potholes were repaired on the old main road through Ashton and Cogmanskloof.  The two gravel bypasses in Cogmanskloof were surfaced with a temporary asphalt layer to reduce the maintenance costs and to shorten the stop-go waiting times in anticipation of the holiday season traffic.  The final asphalt layer was constructed in several sections in Ashton.  This will allow the traffic to use the new road surface and therefore reduce the traffic on the old, uneven road.

Essential work on the new Ashton Bridge, such as preparation for the pre-stressing of the tendons in the concrete deck, has been ongoing.

More localised tasks were also undertaken, such as completing the service culvert in Ashton so that the deep excavation could be backfilled.  The earth berm in the Kingna River, necessitated by the construction of the new Voortrekker Bridge at Montagu, was removed to allow the river flow to return to normal.  Several fences that were partially removed due to the construction work over the last 3 years were also reinstated.

A small team is continuing filling excavations and removing building rubble in order to clean up the construction site in preparation for the upcoming holiday period.  As part of this work, some services in Montagu were tested and repaired, and the sidewalk construction in the central part of Long Street is continuing.  The subcontractor undertaking the stone work in Cogmanskloof, such as the stone guardwalls, also continued with trimming and finishing work.

The two stop-go’s on the R62 through Cogmanskloof will continue to operate throughout the upcoming holiday period.  Travellers can expect a total delay of up to 20 minutes.

The construction team will have a small maintenance team on site to ensure that the road remains safe.  To report any serious problems or concerns, please call 083-294-0548 or 084-252-0222.  Problems can also be reported to
ronel@montagu.org.za.

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