PROPOSED RE-ALIGNMENT OF CENTENARY WAY, GAUTENG PROVINCE, AS

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					PROPOSED RE-ALIGNMENT OF CENTENARY WAY, GAUTENG PROVINCE, AS RESULT OF THE GAUTENG RAPID LINK PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS: SUMMARY OF ISSUES RAISED May 2007

Issue/Comment

Raised by and Correspondence Type

Response

Alignment Why is there a need for the re-alignment of Centenary Way and why were other alternatives not considered? Norman Doak, Modderfontein Conservation Society Focus Group Meeting, 30 January 2007 It was pointed out that other alternatives were considered. These alternatives were rejected due to the following reasons: a) Currently the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link crosses over Centenary Way four times and the angles at which it crosses Centenary Way are skew. b) The costs envisaged to build these skew bridges were too high, therefore the re-alignment of Centenary Way proved to be the most feasible and economic option. c) Due to the topography of the M odderfontein area, the rail would have to go under and above the current road; therefore there would be difficulties with the vertical alignment. It was also mentioned that the proposed re-alignment also makes the extent of the earthworks required much easier for the construction team. ‘Dead land’ would be created between the current and proposed re-aligned Centenary Way. Andre Resident Carr, Lakeside This ‘dead land’ will most likely be developed by Heartland Properties at some time in the future. The existing Centenary Way will be demolished in this area and the land will then form part of a

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Issue/Comment

Raised by and Correspondence Type Focus Group Meeting, 30 January 2007

Response

larger portion of land that will be easier to develop.

Explain the access to the Modderfontein Golf Course.

Jaco Strydom, Properties Focus Group January 2007

Heartland

This issue is still being discussed with Heartland Properties and with the Bombela construction team, but that access will be off the new alignment of Centenary Way

Meeting,30

When will construction begin? Ellen van Dongen, AEL Focus Group Meeting, 30 January 2007

Construction for the proposed re-alignment of Centenary Way would only being once authorisation is obtained from GDACE.

There is also an effluent canal that is traversed by the proposed further north-west.

With regard to the effluent canal, the Bombela construction team would work around the canal by making use of culverts or other measures. The EMP contains the guidelines for constructing such crossings.

Design How was the proposed re-alignment designed? Norman Doak, Modderfontein Conservation Society and Peter Ewen, Thornhill Manor Resident Focus Group January 2007 Why can’t an S-bend be constructed near the crossing of Norman Meeting,30 Originally, the re-alignment was supposed to link up with the future K115 to the west. Unfortunately this alignment traversed an old detonator dumping site so the design had to be revisited. The proposed re-alignment of Centenary Way has now taken into account possible future development plans by Heartland Properties for the Modderfontein area, safety issues around the AEL Factory, future Provincial road planning and environmental matters. An S-bend could create an accident spot, may be difficult to achieve

Doak,

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Issue/Comment

Raised by and Correspondence Type Modderfontein Conservation Society Focus Group January 2007 Meeting,30

Response

Centenary Way and the Gautrain rail reserve?

in terms of geometric road standards and would therefore be a bad idea.

Why can’t a dog-leg be created linking Antwerp Road to the existing Centenary Way rather than the re-alignment proceeding straight through as indicated on the map?

Ellen van Dongen, AEL Focus Group Meeting, 30 January 2007

The current design accommodates the future planning in the area.

Traffic Accommodation Concerns about the amount of traffic that could be diverted along Valley Road, a small road that runs along the northern fence of Thornhill Estate. At present there seem to be two main sources of traffic along Centenary Way - industrial traffic to AEL and other industries on the site of the dynamite plant, and then commuter traffic that uses it to get past traffic jams on Modderfontein Drive during rush hour in the morning and afternoon. If both those sources of traffic were sent along Antwerp Road, and then into Valley Road, this little road would become a major route with quite considerable noise impact on the houses near that boundary of Thornhill, plus traffic congestion on Valley Road leading up to Johannesburg Road. Currently some options are being looked at and that a traffic circle is likely to be the best solution. Mr Redmond Taggert also pointed out that this issue will be dealt with as part of the traffic impact Jonathan Cook, Thornhill Resident Focus Group Meeting, 30 January 2007 Valley Road is a public road and the public cannot be stopped from using the road. There is already a degree of traffic calming in the area to prevent ‘rat running’ through the residential area. It was further added that the current Centenary Way would be temporarily narrowed while the bridge is being constructed, therefore people entering the area would be restricted to one lane and would probably avoid using the Lakeside/Thornhill areas as an alternative shortcut route.

How would traffic be accommodated at the intersection of Antwerp and the proposed re-aligned Centenary Way?

Sally Hogan, Resident

Thornhill

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Issue/Comment

Raised by and Correspondence Type Focus Group Meeting, 30 January 2007

Response

assessment required to be undertaken by Bombela and supported by the City of Johannesburg. Centenary Way will be diverted in the area of the bridges inside the rail reserve to facilitate the construction of the bridges. Once the bridges have been completed and the new road alignment has been constructed the traffic will be diverted onto the new road.

Accommodation

and

the

implications

for

traffic

during

construction of the Gautrain bridges.

Mark Freeman, Environmental

Bohlweki

Focus Group Meeting, 30 January 2007 At present during morning rush periods a large quantity of traffic traveling toward Johannesburg diverts off Email, 23 March 2007 Modderfontein Drive onto Centenary Way with the intention of joining Modderfontein Drive from Johannesburg Road. This traffic when it reaches the traffic circle with Antwerp Road, it can either proceed straight on Centenary Way and past Lakeside Village or turn left into Antwerp/ Valley Road past the entrance to Thornhill Estate. The split on these two routes is relatively even, but is sufficient to cause considerable difficulty in exiting Thornhill Estate as this traffic has the right of way. It also causes considerable noise nuisance to the houses in Thornhill Estate which are adjacent to Valley Road. The traffic passing Lakeside does not cause the same nuisance as Lakeside residents have right of way when exiting their estate. The proposed re-alignment will bring the junction with Antwerp Road closer to Thornhill Estate than at present. The effect of this is that it is likely that the majority of traffic will take the Antwerp/Valley Road route. In addition it should be noted that Valley Road, at its western Dave Prentice, Private

This comment has been noted. Traffic impacts and associated noise and traffic calming measures will be further investigated in the EIA phase.

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end has a sign indicating a 5T restriction. This is totally ignored by heavy traffic. The bridge at the junction of Antwerp and Valley Road floods during heavy rain. For those two reasons it is totally unsuitable as a route for significant traffic flows. In order to prevent this scenario it is suggested that Valley Road and Antwerp Road should be made one-way from the entrance to Thornhill Estate to where the re-aligned Centenary Way meets Antwerp Road and that the 5T restriction is enforced by erecting a height restriction on Valley Road adjacent to the entrance of Thornhill. This would force diverting traffic to stay on Centenary Way and pass Lakeside and possibly, reduce the quantity of traffic which takes this diversion. Heritage What will happen to the heritage houses near Antwerp Road? Andre Carr, Village Resident Lakeside There are 2 sets of two houses that are of heritage importance. Each house is duplicated per set, therefore one house from each set will be demolished, as approved by SAHRA, so there remains a Focus Group Meeting, 30 January 2007 The heritage houses are not properly maintained or preserved. Pat van Nierop, Modderfontein Conservation Society Focus Group Meeting, 30 January 2007 What about the graves that have been found near the Founders Peter Ewen, Thornhill These graves have been demarcated and filled and they do not representative of each.

This comment was noted.

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Issue/Comment

Raised by and Correspondence Type Manor Resident Focus Group Meeting, 30 January 2007

Response

View area?

occur near the railway line.

Please provide me with the details of the Heritage Society as I would like to arrange a meeting with the necessary people.

Stephen Burrow, Private Email, 19 March 2007

Details of the responsible person at the South African Heritage Resources Agency were forwarded to Mr Burrow.

Invertebrates Copies of the specialists’ reports have been requested. Presence of the Blue Cascader Dragonfly found in the area. Pat van Nierop, Modderfontein Conservation Society Focus Group Meeting, 30 January 2007 The draft Environmental Scoping Report (ESR) would have the detailed specialist reports included and attached as appendices. The availability of the draft ESR will be advertised in The Tattler (deadline permitting), Bedfordview Edenvale News, Kempton Express, North Eastern Tribune as well as the Sandton Chronicle. In addition, the report will be made available at the Modderfontein Public Library, on the Bohlweki website, at their offices (Woodmead) as well as at the Heartland Properties Offices. All key stakeholders will be given notification of the availability of the draft ESR. The comment on the Blue Cascader Dragonfly was noted. Noise Are there any measures to reduce the noise impacts during the construction and operational phase? Peter Ewen, Manor Resident Thornhill The EMP has guidelines and a range of mitigation measures that need to be adhered to by the Bombela construction team.

Focus Group Meeting, 30 January 2007

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Issue/Comment

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General What happened with the original plans where Centenary Way was built to open up Modderfontein to development and the final destination was to be with the N3 in the region of Marlboro? Peter Ewen, Manor Resident Thornhill The proposed re-alignment of Centenary Way was designed with Heartland Properties’ future development plans in mind. Mr Freeman also indicated that the re-alignment of the road was Focus Group Meeting, 30 January 2007 accepted in the Agreement reached between the Province of Gauteng and AECI Limited, AECI Real Estate and Heartland Properties (Pty) Ltd as part of the land acquisition process followed to secure the Gautrain rail reserve. It was also added that proposed future road planning for the area will also allow Centenary Way to join the Provincial Road K113 which will have an indirect link onto the N3 through the extension of Marlboro Drive.. What happens further west, beyond Antwerp Road? Jonathan Cook, Thornhill Resident Focus Group Meeting, 30 January 2007 Is there a possibility for a railway station to be constructed in the area? Ken de Goveia, Thornhill Estate Resident Focus Group Meeting, 30 January 2007 What happens further westward with regard to the rail and Centenary Way? Jonathan Cook, Thornhill Resident Focus Group Meeting, 30 The section of the existing Centenary Way north of the Gautrain alignment, would be extended to join Ardeer Road and link with the proposed Centenary Way alignment. This would also provide access to the AEL Factory. The drawing presented at the meeting, as the drawing should have reflected the continuation of the Gautrain rail link and the crossing of Centenary Way further west. The original design of the Gautrain is therefore still applicable for the alignment of Centenary Way to the west of Antwerp Road. A possible future station has been allowed for in current designs as a future expansion of the system and that this station could be approximately 200m east of the Linbro Park Agricultural Holdings.

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Issue/Comment

Raised by and Correspondence Type January 2007

Response

Residents

are ‘kept in the dark’

with regard to future away from the

development plans for the area, by Heartland Properties. These planning processes residents. are deliberately kept

Jonathan Cook, Thornhill Resident Focus Group Meeting, 30 January 2007

This comment was noted. There is nothing sinister about the future developments in the area and the ‘sense of place in the area’ will not be compromised. Heartland Properties had to change their development plans to accommodate the Gautrain. In addition, Heartland Properties development proposals will still be subject to the EIA Regulations.

There alignment of Centenary Way moves the road to within meters of my home in Thornhill. Currently there it is a small road to the Golf Club that carries minor traffic and there are plenty of trees to cover the sound. A four-lane road will devalue property in the area significantly. It is my understanding that the road is being re-aligned in the proposed manner as the Heritage Society will not allow the demolition of one of the houses at the top of Antwerp Road. The proposed re-alignment of Centenary Way looks expensive and will cause undue noise levels in front of our houses.

Stephen Burrow, Private Email, 31 January 2007

A detailed noise impact assessment was conducted in the EIA phase of the study. Bohlweki Environmental, has appointed Jongens Keet Associates to investigate the potential noise impacts associated with the proposed project. The noise impact assessment will: • • • • Determine the existing noise situation (prior to the construction of the proposed road) Determine the anticipated situation during the operational phase of the proposed road Assess the change in noise climate Identify the need for mitigation measures.

The EIA Report will be made available for public comment from 09 July 2007 to 07 August 2007.

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Issue/Comment

Raised by and Correspondence Type Stephen Burrow, Private Email, 02 February 2007 and 19 March 2007

Response

Is the road being re-aligned to avoid the heritage houses on Antwerp Road?

It should be noted that the proposed-realignment of Centenary Way is a direct consequence of the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link (which has been authorised by GDACE) and not the result of any heritage issues. A number of heritage structures were affected by the Gautrain project and as a result, the route was either re-aligned, where possible, or the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) was approached to demolish structures older than 60 years where these buildings could not be avoided. Permits for demolition have subsequently been issued by SAHRA. Further information in this regard can be obtained from Mr Nyelisani Amos Maulaudzi (SAHRA) and Ms Jennifer Kitto of SAHRA also has considerable knowledge of the Gautrain project. In addition The proposed re-alignment of Centenary Way was planned to take into consideration the following issues: • Currently the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link crosses over Centenary Way four times and the angles at which it crosses Centenary Way are skew or oblique. • The costs envisaged to build such skew bridges are very high. Therefore, the re-alignment of Centenary Way has been proposed since it provides a safer driving environment (during both construction and operation of both projects), it proves to be the most feasible and economic option and because it allows Heartland Properties to more easily develop land that would otherwise leave property remainders. • Due to the topography in the Modderfontein area, the rail would have to go both under and above the current road alignments in the area which would create difficulties in respect of the

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Issue/Comment

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vertical alignment of the Gautrain. • The proposed re-alignment of Centenary Way also makes the extent of the earthworks required much easier to accommodate the construction activities. I am extremely concerned as I see development going ahead in the area. The construction activities underway at present are associated with the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link project and not the proposed realignment of Centenary Way.

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I&AP Database – Re-alignment of Centenary Way NAME Ellen van Dongen Nanette Cleeve MJ Makhubela Zanele Phoku Andre Barnard Jonathan Cook Norman Doak Tricia Llewellyn Barry Coppin Leticia Potts Manager Stephen Burrow Norman Wright Nigel Coni Peter Blake Ewen Robbie Vermont Pat van Nierop Pieter Colyn Ken de Goveia Jaco Strydom Martin van Heerden Redmond Taggart Jean Cloete Andre Carr Sally Hogan Mark Freeman Prashika Reddy Debbie Simpson Ivan Welch Dave Prentice ORGANISATION AEL The Tattler Ward Councillor (Ward 23) City of Johannesburg Gautrain Thornhill Resident Modderfontein Conservation Society Modderfontein Conservation Society Modderfontein Conservation Society Heartland Properties Modderfontein Golf Club Private Lakeside Village ISHECON Thornhill Manor Resident Private Modderfontein Conservation Society EcoRisk SA Thornihill Estate Resident Heartland Properties Heartland Properties Heartland Properties AEL Lakeside Village Resident Thornhill Resident Bohlweki Environmental Bohlweki Environmental Private Momentum Africa Private


				
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