Motorists thanked for zero fatalities at Chota Motala in holidays

2011-01-25 00:00

AUTHORITIES are relieved that the N3-Chota Motala bridge construction site recorded zero fatalities during the recent holidays.

Gavin Harrison, project manager for the SA National Roads Agency, (Sanral) said: “All the site personnel involved in the project are highly satisfied that the contract programme and management plans which were put in place leading up to and during the shutdown period were well executed.

“The apparent good behaviour of the thousands of motorists who passed through the site over the festive season did not go unnoticed. This obviously contributed to the overall safety of the construction site during this time.

“The next three months or so is a crucial period as we will be preparing for the incremental launch of the overhead ramp bridge that will eventually carry the high volumes of northbound traffic from the eastern areas of Northdale and surrounds onto the N3. As always, we will work in close consultation with the Road Traffic Inspectorate and the municipal traffic office. We all look forward to another successful year.”

Harrison spoke on behalf of Sanral, Group Five, which is the contractor on the N3-Chota Motala interchange project, the consulting engineer, Iliso Aurecon Joint Venture and the Msunduzi Municipality traffic department.

Barry Fryer-Dudley, managing director of Licence Plate Recognition cc (LPR), which carried out a traffic speed study for The Witness (reported on November 24) said: “We would like to congratulate all those involved. The speed of response, the number of signs and cameras installed are all very impressive in the short term.

“However, long term, without violations being issued, drivers return to the same behaviour detected in the study.”

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