Barriers to be erected at Shelly off-ramp

2016-11-17 06:01
Sanral has confirmed that temporary barriers are to be erected on R61 near Izotsha off-ramp.

Sanral has confirmed that temporary barriers are to be erected on R61 near Izotsha off-ramp.

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THE Democratic Alliance Ugu South Constituency said it was pleased with the recent announcement from Sanral that midline barriers, on the R61 near the Izotsha-Shelly beach off-ramp, will be erected.

“We have received a copy of Ravi Ronny’s response to the issue. We are content that in addition to the announcement it sets out firm timelines for the erection of temporary barriers by the start of this December’s holiday season and permanent cable barriers by the first half of 2017,” said Dr Rishigen Viranna MPL, Democratic Alliance, Constituency Head: Ugu South.

In the 16 June issue, the Fever carried a story (Roads agency to act on illegal U-turns), where Sanral eastern region manager at the time, Logashri Sewnarain, said that a contractor will be appointed in November to re-configure the current lanes and erect barriers.

A few weeks ago, the DA initiated a petition to have barriers installed at the off-ramp, to prevent illegal u-turning as thousands of lives have been lost on that section of the freeway.

The petition attracted almost 1 000 signatures before Sanral jumped in and made the announcement.

“On behalf of the entire DA Ugu South Constituency, we would like to thank the 1 000 South Coast residents who signed our petition in just over a week,” he said.

“We also thank the various civic organisations, including Anthony Hooper from Hibiscus Coast Seconds, for partnering with us in encouraging people to sign the petition,” added Viranna.

He said the battle, however, was not over.

“We will now shift our focus to monitoring the implementation of the building time-frame set out by Sanral. Any delays in construction could result in further loss of life, which is unacceptable,” he said.

This oversight will be performed by Cllr Paul Brauteseth, DA Shelly Beach councillor and DA councillors in Ray Nkonyeni Municipality.

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