Traffic lights to stay off

2012-01-20 00:00

MOTORISTS who have been delayed by the non-working traffic lights at the Willowton and Chota Motala Road intersection will have to learn the rules for a four-way stop, as the cable that powers the lights will stay disconnected until the work to widen the road is complete.

This was confirmed by the Msunduzi Municipality yesterday.

Motorists say these traffic lights are often out, causing long traffic jams. If traffic officers are not dispatched, queues quickly result, backing up a few kilometres to the Midlands Mall offramp from the N3 and adding thousands of hours wasted in the journeys of city and factory workers as well as pupils at Forest Hills Primary.

Basil Manuel, the school’s principal, said this problem started late last year and they have called the municipality three times when the traffic lights were out.

He said recent stoppages were a source of great frustration for the school. “Whenever they broke down, we called the municipality and they responded by sending traffic officers to help pupils cross the road,” said Manuel.

Most of the pupils who walk to the city cross the bridge over the N3. “We have even approached Group Five to intervene and they have been helpful to us,” he said.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said they are aware of the problem, but they were told by the construction company to disconnect the cable that feeds the robots because they are busy widening the road.

Zuma said this was done to protect the cables.

Only after they get the green light from the contractors will the traffic lights be reconnected.

“I am not in a position to know when the construction will be completed, but in the meantime we will be providing traffic officers to monitor the road during peak hours in the morning and the afternoon,” said Zuma.

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