Plans to ease traffic jams in St Francis Street

2017-12-21 06:00

FRUSTRATING traffic congestion in St Francis Street in Jeffreys Bay, in particular during peak times, may soon be a thing of the past with upgrades planned on the stretch between the Koraal and Nautilus Street intersections.

The work, a joint effort by Kouga Municipality, the Department of Roads and Public Works and AfriForum Jeffreys Bay, has already seen left slip lanes being added at the Koraal Street and Disa Avenue junctions.

A proper Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) was done and AES engineering was appointed by AfriForum to do the job. The TIA was tabled a few weeks ago and AES was then also appointed by to do the detailed designs which are expected mid-January 2018.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen says the lanes were a temporary measure to ease the flow of traffic for the current holiday season.

“We are constructing two traffic circles in the new year, one at the Koraal intersection and another at the Nautilus intersection in front of Wavelands Caltex. Road users have often complained that these two intersections cause major delays in traffic,” she says.

Van Lingen says an extra lane for cars turning from Disa Avenue, into St Francis Street towards town, will also be created.

“Being stuck on the road in hot weather while holidaying or being delayed for work can spoil one’s day altogether. We do, however, still want to caution that we are not opening a leeway for reckless driving and we will come down heavily on offenders,” she says.

Ward councillor Hattingh Bornman said the ward committee of ward 11 was in full support of the project and had resolved to contribute the R100 000 ward allocation to the project.

Mayor Van Lingen thanks AfriForum for their role in the project.

“It is always a great thing to see civic organisations getting involved in projects that advance the cause of our towns and for the benefit of all. We hope others will be inspired and, together, we will make Kouga great,” she says.

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