Refurbishment of the Sea Point Promenade near the Mouille Point Lighthouse is set to continue after work had to be halted because of a major storm earlier this year.
The project includes 24 more bays for the lighthouse parking lot, new paved surfacing for the parking area and surrounding pavement stairs and access ramps between the parking area and the promenade
The City’s mayoral committee member for area north, Suzette Little, said: “The stairs, access ramps, and additional parking bays will make the area more accessible to members of the public, while the repairs will ensure an aesthetically pleasing space.
“We urge visitors to please work with us and obey the signage during this period. “The closure of the parking area is in the interest of safety and getting the work done as quickly as possible. I want to thank our residents and visitors in advance for their patience during this period. We will all benefit greatly from the improvements, once the project is concluded.”
The City said the work would be done in two stage to minimise inconvenience.
During the first stage, the parking area above the Mouille Point pump station will be closed to the public from Monday August 21 to Monday October 9. During the second stage, the parking area above the Mouille Point pump station and along the lighthouse entrance road will be closed from Monday September 25 to Monday October 9. The public will not have access to the affected sections of the parking areas and entrance road for the duration of the works.
Signage will direct motorists away from the construction site.
Ward 115 councillor Dave Bryant said he expected most of the upgrades between the lighthouse and Granger Bay to be completed by the end of this year.
He said residents would still be able to walk that part of the promenade but might have to deviate from their normal route.
Mr Bryant added that the project had been initiated when JP Smith was the area’s ward councillor and he was looking forward to it being completed.
“It is very important for us to upgrade our public spaces. The promenade is one of the most visited places in the metro, not just by residents in the area but by people from all over Cape Town.”
Jane Meyer, of the MPRA, said the association had been meeting with the City officials regularly to discuss the refurbishment.
“I think everyone is looking forward to when it is completed. They are adding parking to the area and making it more accessible with ramps which is something we all agree with,” she said.
Ms Meyer said they expected work on the promenade to start once the sea wall refurbishment was done.