Northdale residents fed up with congestion

2011-09-27 00:00

NORTHDALE residents are getting impatient with traffic officers who “are not doing their job” to direct the traffic when ongoing bridge construction causes heavy traffic congestion into the central business district as well as a queue of stationary cars on the highway.

Krishnan Naidoo said residents were most frustrated when the traffic lights are out of order and no officers are on hand to direct traffic through the bottlenecks created by construction on Chota Motala Road near Forest Hill Primary School.

“Just on Wednesday, while I was going home as well there was no traffic officer during the peak time. We as ratepayers in this city we’re perturbed,” Naidoo added.

Another complainant who spoke to The Witness, Akash Singh from Mountain Rise, said she and her colleagues work in Cascades area and live in the Northern suburbs and traffic is unbearable.

“Over the last few days the traffic in the afternoons has been ridiculous. A traffic officer just sits in the vehicle and does nothing about vehicles that are trying to gap in at the middle of the queue that is already backed up past the mall. Most motorists, including myself eventually drive to Hayfields and use the back road via Scottsville to get to Orthmann Road. It takes over an hour and more to get home which is five km from work,” the frustrated resident added.

She counts it as a “miracle that no one has died between the mall and Greytown off-ramp” because cars just cut in because everyone is rushing to get home.

“We’re not against the construction because the development is going to help us, but we just want the officers to do their jobs,” Singh added.

The Chota Motala Road is currently being upgraded with a new bridge over the N3 and new ramps onto the highway.

Spokesperson for the Msunduzi Municipal, Brian Zuma, said their office has addressed the issue of Chota Motala construction several times and it is unfortunate that during the construction there are inconveniences as would be expected.

“Robots have been affected on a number of occasions because of the construction.

“We will all appreciate that it was all worthwhile after the construction is completed. We appeal for patience among motorists using that road,” Zuma added.

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