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Cogmanskloof Upgrade

Friday, 09 March 2018
With noticeable progress being made, there is still much to be done. Please note that blasting will resume on 15 March 2018, so please plan your movements in and out of Montagu carefully.

A bulletin released on 9 March 2018 will give you an indication of the progress in Ashton, Montagu and Cogmanskloof.

The progress reports are given in the form of "Bulletins" and are added as important information is released, under Quicklinks below. Information that has become outdated or irrelevant has been moved to the Archives.

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COMMUNITY NEWSFLASH - (14 March 2018):

Closure of Van Riebeeck Street between the Aasvoëlkrans Guest House and the TR31 (main road) at Voortrekker Bridge:
The western section of Van Riebeeck Street will be closed between Aasvoëlkrans Guest House and the TR31 (main road) at Voortrekker Bridge as from Thursday15 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.


Click on any of the links below to quickly jump to that section:

Bulletin (9 Mar 2018) ~ Blasting in Cogmanskloof to resume
Bulletin (9 Mar 2018) ~ Road Construction Update
Bulletin (12 Dec 2017) ~ 2017 Construction Progress & Holiday Arrangements
Bulletin (9 Nov 2017) ~ Montagu Construction Update

Archived Information
Communication with the Project Team

Blasting in Cogmanskloof to resume

Added: (9 Mar 2018)
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.

Road Construction Update

Added: (9 Mar 2018)

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 below).

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



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.

2017 Construction Progress & Holiday Arrangements

Added: (12 Dec 2017)

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:
- Phase C3 is complete, except for the construction of stormwater outlets and final trimming.
- The surfacing of Phase C4 is almost complete and this section of road will be open to traffic during the upcoming holiday period.
- Phases C5 and C6 will be under construction during 2018.
- The majority of Phases C7 and C8 is complete (the portion closest to Montagu). The portion close to the tunnel and the blasting area is still under construction. A stop-go will be in place in this section during the upcoming holiday period.
- The intersection at the turn-off towards Swellendam is being built in phases. The phase consisting of the construction of the south side lanes is complete. The remainder of the Swellendam phases will be completed during 2018.
- The construction of the Boy Retief Bridge in Cogmanskloof is progressing well. The bridge deck is almost complete, and the approach slabs and balustrades will be constructed in the first half of 2018. A short stop-go will be in place over the existing Boy Retief Bridge during the upcoming holiday period.

* 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:
- At Boy Retief Bridge (at km 22.2 in Cogmanskloof)
- At the blasting area (to the east of the tunnel - at km 24.2 in Cogmanskloof)
- At Voortrekker Bridge (on the western end of Montagu).

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!

Montagu Construction Update

Added: (9 Nov 2017)

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






Archived Information


As the construction project advances, information is updated and replaced.
The original articles and bulletins (that is now redundant or outdated) are available here:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR ARCHIVE.

Here is a list of bulletins and articles that have been archived:
2015-07-25 Article 1 about project on webpage
2015-08-25 Article 2 about project on webpage
2015-09-24 Montagu Liaison Committee Role
2015-10-xxx 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 (January 2016 to March 2016)
2016-02-17 Bulletin: Construction Update & Montagu Phases
2016-03-10 Blasting Schedule (March 2016 to May 2016)
2016-04-22 Newsflash: Crane at Ashton Bridge
2016-05-26 Bulletin: Revised Construction Phases and Programme in Montagu
2016-05-26 Blasting Schedule (June 2016 to August 2016)
2016-05-27 Blasting Schedule Corrections (June 2016 to August 2016)
2016-06-21 Blasting Schedule (June 2016 to August 2016)
2016-08-27 Bulletin: Blasting at Van Riebeeck Street
2016-08-29 Blasting Schedule (August 2016 to October 2016)
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 & Zandfliet 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, 27 July 2017
2017-08-14 Bulletin: Stormwater system installation in Church Street, Montagu
2017-10-05 Bulletin: Montagu Construction Update






3. Communication with the Project Team


The Montagu Liaison Committee (MLC) has been established to channel communication between the project team and the public. 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. This web page 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@montagu.org.za
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