Lack of road signs a concern

2019-04-18 06:00
Construction workers are putting the final touches on the newly revamped Stock Road near Philippi-East police station in Philippi.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Construction workers are putting the final touches on the newly revamped Stock Road near Philippi-East police station in Philippi.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Philippi residents and businesses have cautiously welcomed the opening of the upgraded Stock Road.

The road was officially opened last week after undergoing repairs for months. The City has invested approximately R230 million into the Stock Road infrastructure upgrade project.

While traffic congestion has been alleviated residents expressed concerns about the lack of road signs.

Pedestrian Masonwabe Ngcangati described the upgrading of Stock Road as a great initiative. He said ever since the road was opened there is no traffic jam. “Stock Road is a busy road with amaphela commuters to the shops in the area. There should be speed humps and pedestrian crossing,” said Ngcangati.

The manager of Build 1 Time Irfaan Royrer reiterated Ngcangati’s sentiments that there was no traffic congestion. He complained about the way the City designed the road.

“When a car is coming from the direction of BP garage it cannot just turn and come into our shop because there is an island. It has to go all the way down to turn at the robots and come back again,” he said adding that the City should have considered that in their planning. He also complained that there is no pavement.

Mayco member for transport and urban development Felicity Purchase said in a statement that the work included the improvement of the traffic capacity that the road can handle by upgrading the road to a dual carriageway and enhancing the dedicated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lane among others.

“The dual carriageway has assisted to help relieve traffic congestion along Stock Road and provision has been made for non-motorised transport modes with official walkways and inclusive of universal access along the 2,5kg stretch of road,” said Purchase.

She said the upgrades also include traffic signals at the intersections, repair of all damaged kerbs, new road markings and signage and major infrastructure upgrades to the bulk water and stormwater networks and electrical services and street lighting.

“Features which particularly improve the safety of commuters include the installation of street lighting as well as signalised pedestrian crossing and bollards at the Stock Road Bridge,” she said.

Purchase said the City is working on establishing an efficient, affordable, extensive and intermodal public transport system.

She said the BRT lanes along Stock Road forms part of the incremental roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service between the Cape Flats, Wynberg and Claremont.

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