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Thursday Sep 13, 2012

Cape Town wants to complete controversial Foreshore freeway

The City of Cape Town, with the help of University of Cape Town (UCT) engineering students, is hoping to find a viable design to complete the unfinished Foreshore freeway.

Yesterday, the transport, roads and stormwater portfolio committee approved the proposal to enter into an agreement with UCT to look at the potential of completing the unfinished freeway.

It has remained incomplete for many years due to lack of funding.

Students from the university's engineering and built environment faculty will be asked draft innovative design proposals for the incomplete freeway in a way that will improve access to the city.

Mayco member for transport, roads and stormwater Brett Herron said the partnership with UCT would be formally launched on October 18 as part of Transport Month.

The students' research will cover the economic, technical, structural and design viability of the potential completion of the freeway. It will also look at the investment and development potential, infrastructure capacity and a financial model for the completion of the freeway.

Herron said the students would report back to the city by August, while the city's aim was to issue a tender for the completion of the freeway by the beginning of 2014.

"This project will draw a lot of interest from many stakeholders and we see this as an exciting legacy project that will change the landscape of the city. We need make sure we engage and involve as many people as possible in the city," Herron said.

He said the initiative also created an opportunity for the final design concept to be showcased as a project in the World Design Capital 2014, with Cape Town as the host city.

The proposal for the partnership with UCT will be submitted to the council for approval later this month.

Cape Times

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