No cops to clear traffic jam

2013-05-23 00:00

DON’T expect to see a traffic officer any time soon to sort out the chaos in the city centre as a result of the closure of Chief Albert Luthuli road.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma believes the solution is not traffic officers on point duty.

“What has to change really is our attitude as motorists. Patience is a virtue,” he said.

However, he said the visibility of traffic officers was important and the municipality would look into that.

The Witness had asked him whether it would not be helpful to have traffic officers at the busy intersections to deter impatient drivers from breaking the law. The newspaper has been inundated with complaints about the traffic gridlock in the city centre.

Residents have been asking why traffic officers are not on duty during peak traffic times during the paving of the city hall precinct, as was the case during the construction of the Chota Motala interchange.

Some motorists timed themselves and found they were sitting in the traffic for 40 minutes and more. They warned that levels of frustration were high and expressed concern at the possibility of a road rage incident blowing up.

Zuma believes that motorists need to be more co-operative and obey the rules of the road. He pointed out that motorists who block robot intersections instead of waiting and allowing space for other motorists to turn contribute to the gridlock.

He appealed for the co-operation of motorists during the this period.

Motorists are still grumbling about a logjam at the Chota Motala interchange. Despite the extensive roadworks, vehicles still experience delays in getting off the N3 and on to Chota Motala road.

They believe the problem could be the poor synchronisation of traffic lights. Some say the three lanes only go as far as the Northway Mall and should have been extended. Questions were also raised about whether vehicles waiting to turn directly from Chota Motala road into the Northway Mall are causing a blockage.

Zuma was asked whether the turn-off was legal and whether there was any prospect of reviewing this entrance to the mall.

He responded that he had been assured that the robots on Chota Motala road were synchronised and that no by-laws were flouted by the construction of the exit from the main road into the mall.

“We have to accept the fact that traffic in that part of the city will always have some challenges because of the ever-increasing volumes of cars. We will continuously review the situation and implement measures to minimise inconveniences,” he said.

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