Msunduzi Municipalilty to prioritise traffic calming measures

2015-10-05 11:29
The red-brick road around the City Hall.

The red-brick road around the City Hall. (Jonathan Burton)

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Pietermaritzburg - A quarter of a million rand has been set aside for speed humps, road signs and other measures to reduce traffic chaos in the city. 

Msunduzi Municipality said in a report to the executive committee that 28 wards will benefit from the traffic calming solutions. Wards one to nine fall under the Department of Transport and fall out of the municipality’s jurisdiction.

Ward councillors submitted their requests for speed humps in high traffic volume areas in their wards with schools and public amenities as first priority.

Twenty speed humps have already been approved for Edendale, Chase Valley, Northdale, Burger Street, Woodlands and Pine Street.

“The main purpose of traffic calming is to discourage rat running on residential roads and not as a measure to prevent reckless driving,” read the report to council.

The report added that other traffic calming interventions such as traffic signs, road markings, non-motorised transport facilities, raised intersections and law enforcement will have to be prioritised.

“More speed humps should be the last option as they have a negative impact to those road users who are obedient to traffic laws,” read the report.

It is expected that by the 2016/2017 financial year, the approved traffic calming policy will be fully completed.

In the previous financial year R1,5 million of the capital budget was approved to implement traffic calming measures and 128 speed humps were successfully installed

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