State of the Nation Address 2011- Road Closures


After work while cruising home back into town I was met with some monster traffic, leaving me feeling rather confused. Wasnt the traffic, supposed to be going in the other direction? That’s when I remembered that we but a couple of days away from the opening of this year’s Parliament. On Thursday 10th February Parliament in Cape Town will be hosting the State of the Nation Address by President Jacob Zuma at 19.00. In order to accommodate the event and ensure freedom of movement by the Parliamentary committee a series of road closures will be taking place from 8th February (as I found out) until the 10th.

Here’s a list of all the road closures, so that you don’t get stuck in the nause traffic that accompanies such a major and historically important annual event.

8 and 9 February 2011 from 17:30 to 23:59

· Hertzog Boulevard incoming: from Eastern Boulevard to Heerengracht

· Eastern Boulevard: Strand Street off-ramp

· Strand Street incoming: from Russel Street to Adderley Street

· Adderley Street: from Hans Strijdom Avenue to Wale Street

· Heerengracht: between Coen Steytler Avenue and Hans Strijdom Avenue

· Bureau Street: between Adderley Street and Parliament Street

· Spin Street: between Corporation Street and Parliament Street

· Parliament Street: from the gates of Parliament to Longmarket Street

PARKING RESTRICTIONS: From midnight (23:59)

Wednesday 9 February to 22.00 Thursday 10 February

· Princess Anne Avenue, Newlands

· Church Square, corner of Spin Street and Parliament Street

· Roeland Street: Between Plein Street and Buitenkant Street

· Plein Street: Between Roeland Street and Spin Street

· Spin Street: Between Parliament Street and Plein Street

· Parliament Street: Between Longmarket Street and Bureau Str

· Hatfield Str and St John’s Str: Between Roeland Str and Orange Str

· Adderley Street: between Wale Street and Hertzog Boulevard

· St Mary’s Cathedral Parking Area: Between Bouquet Str and

Roeland Str

· Gallery Lane

· Queen Victoria Street

· Commercial Street

· Hertzog Boulevard: From Eastern Boulevard to Heerengracht

ROAD CLOSURES: Thursday 10 February

17.45 to 19.00 (about 35 minutes)

· Klipper Rd, Newlands: From Main Road (M4) to Newlands Ave

· Princess Anne Ave, Newlands: From Newlands Ave to Union Ave

· Newlands Ave, Newlands: From Dean Str to Princess Anne Ave

· Dean Str, Newlands, westbound: From Main Rd (M4) to

Newlands Ave

· M3, Union Avenue, Rhodes Drive, De Waal Drive, city-bound

carriageway: From Newlands Avenue to city centre

· Woolsack Drive, Rondebosch, westbound: Between Main Road

(M4) and

· Rhodes Drive (M3)

· Anzio Rd, Observatory: From Main Rd (M4) to De Waal Drive (M3)

· N2, Settlers Way city-bound carriageway: from Main Rd (M4)

to city centre

· Eastern Boulevard (N2) city-bound: From Hospital Bend to

Oswald Pirow

· (incl the Melbourne Rd, Roodebloem Rd and Searle Str on-ramps)

16.00 to 20.00 (4 hours)

· Eastern Boulevard: Strand Street off-ramp

· Hertzog Bouelvard inbound: From Eastern Boulevard

to Heerengracht

· Strand Street: from Russel Street to Adderley Street

· Strand Street between Long Street and Adderley Street

· Adderley Street: From Hans Strijdom Avenue to Wale Street

· Heerengracht: Between Coen Steytler Ave and Hans Strijdom Ave

· Wale Street: Between Queen Victoria Str and Adderley Str

· Bureau Street: Between Adderley Street and Parliament Street

· Spin Street: Between Corporation Street and Parliament Street

· Parliament Str from the gates of Parliament to Longmarket Str

· Commercial Street: Between Plein Street and Buitenkant Str

· Plein Street between Roeland Street and Spin Street

· Closure of the Company Gardens

11.00 to 22.00 (11 hours)

· Plein Street: Between Roeland Street and Barrack Street

· Roeland Street: Between Plein Street and Hope Street

· Government Avenue

· Gallery Lane

· St John’s Road: Between Plein Street and Vrede Street

14.00 to 22.00 (10 hours)

Roeland Street: Between Plein Street and Buitenkant Street

19.30 to 22.00 (to accommodate movement from

Parliament to the Cape Town International Convention

Centre – about 2 hrs 30 minutes)

· Roeland Street: From Buitenkant Street to Plein Street

· Plein Street: From Roeland Street to Spin Street

· Parliament Street from gates of Parliament to Longmarket Str

· Spin Street and Bureau Street: From Plein Street to Adderley Str

· Wale Street: From Adderley Street to Queen Victoria Street

· Adderley Street: From Wale Street to Table Bay Boulevard

· Hans Strijdom Avenue: From Adderley Street to Lower Long Str

· Lower Long Str: From Hans Strijdom Avenue to Coen Steytler Ave

Road control 10 February from 19.30 to 01.00

on 11 February

· Roads around the Cape Town International Convention

Centre, including Coen Steytler Avenue

So basically… don’t anywhere in Cape Town for the next couple of days…

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Comments 2

  1. with all this in mind, why the fuck dont they just make it a bloody holiday?! seriously, they can take parliment to pahtoria or wherever the hell they want too, all it does is cause kak

  2. Jb: that is seriously one of the best plans ever. It always fucks with everyones day and people have to sit in traffic for even longer than usual.

    I think we should demand that day becomes a public holiday…

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