City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has announced that the Western Cape government will finally take action to complete – or possibly remove – the city’s ‘iconic’ Foreshore Freeway dead end.
In a speech at the Foreshore Precinct on 21 June, De Lille said that the City will issue a public document in early July, calling on prospective investors and developers to provide plausible solutions for the freeway.
Whether the unfinished highway stays or goes, however, developers will need to resolve traffic congestion, provide access to the CBD and develop affordable housing in the district.
The prospectus document is expected to be released on 8 July 2016.
Earlier in June it was reported that De Lille had laid out plans for the unfinished bridge – which runs from the Helen Suzman Boulevard in Green Point – which would see it connect to the N1 route out of Cape Town.
According to reports quoting the mayor speaking at a press club meeting, Prasa and Transnet were on board with the plan.
The City of Cape Town previously turned to students to come up with creative ideas on what to do with the bridge. Ideas from 600 UCT students were presented at City Hall in 2014. None included completing the highway.
The bridge was conceptualised and designed in the 1960s, and started construction in the 1970s in a bid to alleviate traffic congestions in the city.
Due to budget constraints, the bridge was never completed, and has stood as a sudden end, going nowhere, since 1977.
It has become a minor tourist attraction in the city, and has served as the set of many adverts, fashion shoots and movies.