Embayment planned

2015-05-05 06:00

There will soon be an easier traffic flow leading to and from Spine Road High School in Merrydale Avenue.

This after traffic calming measures had been approved at a recent Subcouncil 12 sitting.

Subcouncil chairperson Eddie Andrews says it was a long journey before the project was approved.

“At the February 2013 Subcouncil 12 meeting the concern was raised with the [transport directorate] by councillors Danny Christians and Achmat Williams, who assured the subcouncil funds would be allocated for the embayment outside Spine Road High School,” says Andrews.

After the opening of the 2014/15 financial year the subcouncil requested clarity from the department about the funding for the project.

The department responded favourably, confirming that funds have been secured for the project.

The measure was taken in accordance with the City of Cape Town’s Traffic Calming policy.

The policy was developed to ensure the City uses remedial engineering measures – where appropriate – to improve safety for all road users with special focus on vulnerable road users on residential streets.

The policy highlights the reduction of vehicle speeds to appropriate levels, the removal of excessive extraneous traffic, the enhancement of facilities for vulnerable road users and a uniform approach to traffic management within the city.

Something this area needed, Andrews says.

“I am very pleased that Subcouncil 12 – having applied the policy – focused on pedestrian safety at Spine Road High School and requested that the City’s transport directorate funds the allocation for an embayment,” explains Andrews.

Design and supervision will be done by the line department and the estimated amount of R600 000 is for construction cost only.

The estimated sum of R600 000 will be made available by the City’s Transport directorate for the 2014/15 financial year.

“This was acceded to and will assist in alleviating the traffic congestion caused by parents dropping or collecting their children from school encouraging a more even flow of traffic,” Andrews explains.

Design processes are currently underway and the appropriate term tender will be used for the implementation.

Work is estimated to be completed by the end of June 2015.

“As Subcouncil 12 we sincerely hope our intension to remedy the traffic congestion which resulted in the pupils’ safety potentially being compromised, is complimented by the drivers utilising the embayment and to adhere to the speed allocated to this particular intersection,” says Andrews.

Attempts at reaching the school for comment were unsuccessful at the time of going to print. V

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