Bottleneckon N3: New approach to safety

2012-08-02 00:00

THERE will be more traffic police and additional warning signs at the Chota Motala/N3 construction site after a spate of accidents over the past week.

This was an undertaking given by both the KZN Department of Transport and the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

Transport Department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said they undertook to increase police visibility in the vicinity, especially during peak hours.

He said the department would have an urgent meeting this week with the Msunduzi Municipality’s traffic management unit to come up with a comprehensive approach to dealing with the problem.

Ncalane said there were various road construction sites in the province, but the Chota Motala/N3 construction site had proven to be the “most problematic”.

“We will be monitoring trucks at night because we cannot sit and do nothing while people’s lives are at stake.”

Ncalane said they would also hold discussions with Sanral to ensure that signage on the route was clear.

Sanral project manager Gavin Harrison said additional signage was being prepared, but pointed out that the warning signs presently at the site did meet the legal requirements.

Harrison confirmed earlier reports that the project, which was due to be completed in mid-June, would be finished only by December.

This was because of additional work that had to be carried out, he said.

The work includes reinforcements on the site, accommodation for more traffic, and the incorporation of an access road to the proposed Brookside Mall behind the M L Sultan High School.

A Checkers supermarket complex is expected to be developed there as well.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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