‘Alien’ N3 hedge removed for ‘safety’

2008-11-06 00:00

The N3 Toll Concession (N3TC), the company which manages the N3 highway between Cedara and Heidelberg, says the removal of shrubs in parts of the median of the N3 near Howick is in line with the company’s safety projects.

“The shrubs grow too close to the southbound carriageway, which has an impact on the sight distance of motorists when travelling on a right-hand bend … In other areas, the shrubs grow over the shoulder of the roadway, which further impacts on motorists’ visibility and safety,” N3TC spokeswoman Andy Visser said.

She said the shrubs are alien species, adding that the N3TC is therefore obliged by law to remove them.

Visser was responding to questions from The Witness, sent to her after the paper received letters from concerned readers asking about the removal of the shrubs.

Concerns have been raised that removing the shrubs could prove dangerous, especially at night as they soften the glare of headlights and prevent pedestrians from walking in the median.

Visser said in reply the shrubs will be replaced by dazzle screens in areas where headlight glare could be a problem.

Asked whether the removal of the shrubs have led to a spike in road accidents on the section of the road where they were removed, Visser said this had not been the case. Statistics actually showed a reduction in accidents recently, she added.

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