Wider Woodlands dirt road now ‘a race track’

2017-09-04 13:45
A man jumped on the back of a moving minibus taxi on Caluza Road in Edendale recently. The motorist travelling behind the taxi said although the picture may look comical, she could not help but think if the ‘passenger’ lost his footing, ‘the outcome could be disastrous’. ‘Who would be liable for injuries?’ she asked.

A man jumped on the back of a moving minibus taxi on Caluza Road in Edendale recently. The motorist travelling behind the taxi said although the picture may look comical, she could not help but think if the ‘passenger’ lost his footing, ‘the outcome could be disastrous’. ‘Who would be liable for injuries?’ she asked. (File)

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Woodlands residents, who have been lobbying for a dirt road that gives access to the area to be closed, said the road was widened recently without consultation with them and has now become a “race track”.

The dirt road is a continuation of Connor Road in Chase Valley into the Woodlands and Claridge area.

Residents said they have been calling on Msunduzi Municipality to close the road for many years, but their requests were unsuccessful.

In an article published in The Witness last month, the municipality said that as part of their long-term plans to alleviate traffic congestion in the Northern areas, they were looking at upgrading Connor Road, which links through to Woodlands.

Traffic and town-planning officials conducted an impromptu on-site analysis last month and determined that traffic volumes on Chota Motala Road and its intersections were unacceptably high.

Municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said at that time that those plans were only in the “preliminary design” stage. It is unclear whether the widening of the dirt road is part of these plans by the City.

Mafumbatha did not respond to questions regarding this.

A resident of Connor Road, Logan Govender, appealed to drivers to slow down on the road. He said drivers speed on the road, which causes dust clouds. “We have so many vulnerable residents that live here. The elderly, infirm and minors are all at risk. There are also many people who are suffering with upper respiratory infections and complications because of the dust that is being raised when the speedsters use his road,” Govender said.

Another resident, Colleen Williams, said she is also on a campaign to get the road closed but her requests “just fall on deaf ears”.

“I don’t think the municipality fully understands the danger that this road poses. It is not just our health at risk but our lives. The dust raised by speeding cars has become uncontrollable and there are often random people just walking on this road and they are not from our area, which makes us wary,” Williams said.

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