Safety plans for Louisiana roads outlined

2011-03-25 00:00

MEMBERS of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers, South Coast (Nadel), local councillors and officials of Hibiscus Coast Municipality visited underprivileged areas on Human Rights Day.

They visited Louisiana and Mkholombe informal settlements to identify their urgent problems and offer solutions.

At the Louisiana Settlement, which already has 52% of the low cost houses that have been planned for it, the area councillor, Anton Mnganga, said there is an urgent need for traffic-calming measures on the roads because many children have been knocked down and killed by speeding cars.

However, seeing that they are provincial roads, the local municipality has no authority over it.

The director of protection services, Victor Chetty, said he will deploy traffic police during peak hours while the municipality liaises with the provincial government to provide speed humps.

Long-term safety plans for the Old St Faiths road and the P200 near Louisiana Primary School include access roads for taxis to pick up and drop off passengers and pavements for the children to walk on.

During the Human Rights Day visit, the crossing from Merlewood to Mkholombe area was also identified as unsafe.

The site has seen several accidents involving speeding vehicles and the community is calling for a solution.

The HCM director of housing and infrastructure, Simphiwe Nikile, said the municipality will be looking into this and as a long-term solution will install a sky bridge so that children walking to school can cross the roads safely.

Director Chetty said visible policing will be in place during peak hours at areas that see many pedestrains crossing the N2/Main Harding roads.

The chairperson of Nadel South Coast, Larry Seethal, said that visible policing is already in place at the key areas identified during the visit on Monday.

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