Traffic gridlock: contigency plan revealed

2010-10-25 00:00

FROM today there will be a contigency plan in place to deal with the traffic gridlock from the northern suburbs.

Msunduzi Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said in a statement at the weekend that the plan will be implemented in two phases.

He said this is because preparations to implement a one-way system on Manning Avenue are still under way.

Phase one will be as follows:

From 6.45 am to 8.30 am today, the Traffic Department will deploy traffic officers at the following intersections:

• Manning Avenue and Royston Road;

• Masukwana Road and Manning Avenue;

• Chota Motala/N3 Bridge (north) from Liberty Midlands Mall;

• Chota Motala/N3 Bridge (south) from Durban and the CBD.

Zuma said phase two will be the implementation of a one-way system during peak traffic times. This will allow for double-lane traffic on Manning Avenue, from Royston Road to Masukwana Road.

He added that the contingency plan is being phased in because certain preparations have to be completed before the one-way system is implemented. These include getting information signs and road markings ready. “We expect this process to take only two days to finalise,” he said.

Phase three will be a trial run of the one-way system on Manning Avenue, which is scheduled for Thursday morning from 6.45 am to 8.30 am.

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