Talking Streets this month has a more technical focus as it forms part of our Street Minds programme. The Main Road project commenced in 2008, and over the past ten years a series of infrastructure, street and public realm upgrades has resulted in improved mobility for all users, additional utility services capacity and improved environmental outcomes. Today, businesses and pedestrian are taking full advantage.
Paul Booth, a retired senior engineer from the City's Transport and Urban Development Authority, will talk to and show us the various processes that now result in notable improvements; including York Road entrance to the beach (crossing the railways), Muizenberg Park, and to the parking areas opposite False Bay College and the Muizenberg Magistrate’s Court. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Paul will explain some of the technical challenges and solutions that his team developed over the 10 years of the project.
We will walk 3km of the total 4km of Main Road improvements and experience comprehensive planning, design and construction techniques; including new road surfaces, red brick paving on the sidewalks, an extended median island, improved access to services and amenities (e.g. local police station and court), and solving parking issues for this popular surf neighbourhood.
We will also learn about conservation initiatives, such as the restoration of the historical cannons at the entrance to Muizenberg Park, which now includes new wooden carriages and street lights to improve visibility at night.
Such a comprehensive project included a wide array and variety of public engagements, traffic congestion mitigations, engineering upgrades subsurface, water-wise landscaping, and more.
We are also looking forward to a number of City of Cape Town officials joining us, including landscape architects, urban designers and engineers.
Photo by Civils 2000