The Cape Metropolitan Area experiences serious traffic congestion problems in certain areas, particularly on major routes within a 10-15km radius of the CBD of Cape Town. Currently, the main routes servicing the Cape Metropolitan Area are the N1, N2 and N7 National Roads together with heavily utilized lower order arterial roads. This problem has led to the proposal for the R300 Ring Road, which will be declared as a National Road, the N21.
The concept of constructing a portion of the future R300
as part of a private development was first considered by Kayad Consulting Engineers on behalf of the parties involved in 1995. At that time, there was no suitable legislation to enable this to be implemented thus it was not pursued. In April 1996, the then Department of Transport passed a new Act, which made provision for the construction and tolling of Privatized National Roads. This allowed the R300 Ring Road Project to be further expanded and it has subsequently been developed over the past 4 years into the current format.
During October 1997,
the South African Roads Board (of the Department of Transport) issued the first guidelines for the submission of Unsolicited Proposals for Road Transport Infrastructure Development. These guidelines have been modified and amended into the current version, which was finalized in May 1999. This Project has been submitted to the South African Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), in terms of these guidelines.
The R300 Ring Road is intended as a toll road between Muizenberg and Melkbosstrand. The ultimate intention is to provide an Outer Ring Road, which is accessible from as many areas as possible within the Cape Town urban area. This will result in the unloading of heavily congested arterial routes in the urban area together with related savings in time and cost for motorists. It is the developers’ intention that the toll fees generated should be cost effective to all sectors of the population, while ensuring that the maintenance and service of the road are of a high standard in the future.
Chand/Ecosense JV have been appointed to carry out the Environmental Impact Assessment for this proposal.
This document aims to provide Background Information on the project, describe the study process and enable Interested and Affected parties to comment on the project.
The Final Scoping Report (FSR) was accepted by DEAT in 2007. The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) were presented for review in 2008. The review period closed on 22 January 2009. The final EIR will be submitted to DEAT shortly for decision.
- The Draft EIR was completed in 2005 and presented for review
- There has been a number of interactions with the City of Cape Town to address various issues
- Some specialist studies were updated in 2007/8
- The findings of the updated studies must be incorporated into the final EIR
- It is intended to submit the final EIR in 2009
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