Drivers: Put cops back on Chota Motala Rd

2009-05-05 00:00

The erratic traffic control on Chota Motala (Old Greytown) Road has annoyed many city residents.

Widely regarded as one of the city’s most congested roads, the introduction of municipal traffic officials on Chota Motala Road a few months ago helped ease traffic jams for motorists during peak traffic hours.

Last week, motorists once again had to deal with major traffic backlogs along this stretch of road as traffic officers contracted to the municipality have ceased to operate.

In a letter to The Witness, Chase Valley resident Dave Hart condemned the disappearance of municipal traffic officers from Chota Motala Road.

“The result is chaos, long queues and backups in all directions,” he said.

Another concerned resident who requested anonymity said the lack of traffic control has trebled his journey time back home.

When The Witness contacted the municipality for comment on Monday afternoon, acting manager for public safety Kenneth Chetty was unavailable as he was on sick leave.

Municipal manager Rob Haswell commented on his behalf and assured residents that the matter will be attended to.

That same evening, traffic control on Chota Motala Road was restored and traffic flowed smoothly once again.

“I was surprised a couple of years ago when the municipality did the major road works on New England Road, rather than on Church Street/Old Greytown Road. Personally, this was a great time saver — but realistically the real problem is Church Street/Old Greytown Road,” said Hart, echoing a general concern.

He says the municipal budget needs to set aside funding for a new intersection, but before such construction takes place, a temporary off-ramp on the north side of Ohrtmann Road would be an inexpensive short-term solution.

Haswell says upgrading the problematic road in question is long overdue and a large sum in the 2009/10 municipal budget has been set aside for this.

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