Traffic troubles

2015-05-12 06:00
Muizenberg residents are calling on the City of Cape Town to prohibit heavy trucks from using Albertyn Road. 

PHOTO: 
MONIQUE DUVAL

Muizenberg residents are calling on the City of Cape Town to prohibit heavy trucks from using Albertyn Road. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL

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“It goes ‘drrr drrr’ as my whole house shakes. The trucks fill the road and children are not safe.”

This is the description of one resident at a recent meeting about traffic problems in Muizenberg.

Hosted by the Muizenberg/ Lakeside Residents’ Association (MLRA), the gathering gave residents the opportunity to raise their concerns.

Residents were also asked to suggest possible solutions which were recorded. These will now be submitted to the City of Cape Town.

Problems about traffic flow, congestion, speeding, rat runs and pedestrian safety took centre stage.

In opening the meeting MLRA chairperson Robin Solomon explained its aim was to gather constructive ideas to alleviate some of the congestion and traffic problems.

At the top of the list was traffic issues in Albertyn Road. Residents explained the narrow road was being used as a shortcut by heavy trucks – endangering children walking to nearby schools.

Residents propose a weight limit be implemented to force big trucks to use Military Road.

According to Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, they have received complaints about traffic management in Muizenberg. The complaints are mostly about trucks and speeding traffic in Albertyn and Uxbridge roads and the fact that the adjacent routes are used as a thoroughfare.

Asked whether the City has considered limiting the use of Albertyn Road by heavy trucks, Herron explains it is the only link in the area that trucks can use to cross the railway line from Main Road to Prince George Drive and Baden Powell Drive. “If trucks were forced to use Military Road in Steenberg, it would increase their travel distance by 10km,” he says.

Herron further says a speed limit review was conducted in Albertyn Road during the off-peak period, when travel speeds are likely to be higher. “The report revealed that the average speeds recorded were 26km/h in both directions and the 85th percentile (the speed at which 15% of motorists exceed) is 35km/h – in other words, most motorists travel below 35km/h, which is a safe speed in a pedestrian environment.”

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