Motorists fed up with Chota Motala hazards

2012-04-24 00:00

MOTORISTS are fed up with having to face hazards at the Chota Motala Road interchange, which is under construction across the N3.

They told The Witness the road signs were inadequate, there were no warning lights at night and often the traffic lights did not work.

On Friday, some motorists were delayed for more than an hour on the N3 northbound.

An angry motorist said he had lost tyres because of the state of the road at the site.

“They wake up and close the road in peak hours without telling us to use alternative routes,” said Prakash Bridgelall.

“Even when you’re driving there are no proper signs that tell you that this is a construction site.

“The lanes are not well marked and you find yourself in a very dangerous situation when the lane just ends without a sign.”

Bridgelall said community safety should be the priority at every construction site.

“But at this one they are not putting community safety first.

“Health inspectors and the Labour Department should visit this place and check for these things,” said Bridgelall, who is himself involved in construction.

Visitors to The Witness Facebook page also had their say about the construction site.

“Just dreadful!!!!” said Jogayle Barnes Wahl. “It took me 2 hours to get from the New England off-ramp to the mall this morning.”

Clinton Harry, a trucker, said: “The contractor has failed to put up proper warnings! I drive through there at a maximum speed of

30 km/h as the road is dangerously dangerous!”

Bradley Naidoo, site manager of the Chota Motala interchange upgrade project, said cable theft had posed a problem.

“This contributes to robots not working and is something that is beyond our control,” he said.

But he insisted that there were signs.

KwaZulu-Natal Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said his department urged drivers to drive with caution through the site and at a speed that would not harm others.

“Motorists need to understand that this site is a construction site and the signs are there to be obeyed,” he said.

“If you are found to be disobeying them, you will face the full might of the law”.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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