MOTORISTS and residents of Green Point may have to bite the bullet as the city prepares for the construction of Granger Bay Boulevard between Main and Beach Roads in preparation for the 2010 World Cup, with construction set to commence as early as next week.
The construction period, which will last 19 months, will see the entire Western Boulevard intersection build up to enable pedestrian access to and from Green Point Stadium, adjacent to the traffic circle.
Henry du Plessis, director of the City of Cape Town's Roads and Stormwater Department, says that while construction is under way, traffic from Western Boulevard will be diverted along a temporary road which will pass between the circle and Main Road.
"Traffic passing through the area will only be affected in that vehicles now travel on a temporary deviation past the circle instead of through it," he says.
The link to Main Road and the link to Fritz Sonnenberg Drive will be closed during construction, he says.
"Destinations on the north side of Western Boulevard will be accessed via a new intersection opposite Vlei Road while the circle is being constructed."
A new intersection will be provided on the Sea Point side of the circle, which links Main Road, Western Boulevard and Vlei Road.
"Access to businesses on Main Road is unaffected.
"This intersection will temporarily also provide a link between Main Road and Western Boulevard."
Trevor Steyn, spokesperson for the mayoral committee member for Roads and Stormwater, Elizabeth Thompson, says minimal disturbance to Green Point residents is expected.
"Although there will be some impact, we made it clear to the contractors that low disturbance to the people living in the area should be made a priority."
He adds that if any problems should be encountered, they will be dealt with promptly.
"There will be some detours but proper signage will be erected to make the construction as comfortable as possible for all parties concerned."
Professor James Loock, chairperson of the Green Point Ratepayers' Association, says they were not aware of how soon plans would kick off, but that the association supports the construction.