October 12, 2009
Chapman’s Peak Drive reopens
Photo courtesy Raveesh Vyas
Following a 16-month closure, Chapman’s Peak Drive was reopened on Friday, October 9, by Western Cape Transport and Public Works MEC Robin Carlisle.
Advertised as one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world, the 9km (5.6 mi) stretch of road offers 180-degree views over the Atlantic Ocean. The road winds around Chapman’s Peak, the 593m (1 945ft) high southerly extension of the Constantia Berg.
The reopening means that cyclists and road runners can now return to training on the route, known to many as “Chappies”. For many years, the route has been the most spectacular section of both the Two Oceans Marathon and the Pick n Pay Argus Cycle Tour.
Since its opening on Friday there has been a steady stream of traffic on the Chapman’s Peak Drive, including many tour operators.