Cape Town seeks solutions for unfinished freeways

Cape Town invites private sector to develop land under foreshore freeways.

The mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille has invited private investors to help find a solution to the "useless" unfinished freeways in the Foreshore district and develop the prime city-owned land beneath.

The mayor said that options included completing, redesigning or demolishing the freeways, which were abandoned in the 1970s due to lack of funds and low traffic volumes.

The city's redevelopment project puts an emphasis on alleviating the now heavily-congested traffic around the highways, which are located on the western, central and eastern side of the Foreshore freeway precinct.

The request for innovate proposals also includes a stipulation that any development of the six-hectare site between the freeways and the harbour must include provisions for social housing.

Prospective developers have until 8 December to submit proposals and scale models, which will be placed on public display.