Speeding drivers get red lights

2015-11-10 06:00
Workers put the final touches on the raised intersection on the corner of Ouberg and Heideveld roads in order to curb speedsters. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

Workers put the final touches on the raised intersection on the corner of Ouberg and Heideveld roads in order to curb speedsters. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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Speeding motorists hoping to pull a lap around Heideveld will be in for a nasty surprise now that the next phase of traffic calming measures was implemented this week.

Raised intersections, on the corners of Ouberg and Heideveld roads as well as Heide­veld and Zuurberg roads, are well under construction and will be completed by the end of this month.

The implementation of these measures follows a request made by residents in Heide­veld Road, who were concerned about the number of traffic accidents right on their doorsteps on a regular basis. The accidents have led to the deaths of fellow residents.

The added fact that these intersections are close to public places, such as schools, churches and early childhood development centres, was enough cause for concern for the measures to be put in place to avoid further tragedy.

Traffic assessmentWard councillor Anthony Moses says he intends to do a traffic assessment within the ward and look at all concerns about speeding and driving behaviour that affect the community.

Moses confirms the danger that exists for the public and adds that these areas become hotspots for potential traffic incidents, especially during the times pupils come home from school.

“This year, there have been a number of accidents in which two lives were taken,” he says.

He hopes the new measures will prioritise pedestrian traffic on the notorious stretch of road.

“It will slow the normal flow of traffic and will allow pedestrians to cross the road safely when it is necessary to do so,” Moses says.
The total cost of this project is estimated to be between R120 000 and R180 000. Moses says R450 000 has already been spent on traffic calming measures in ward 44 in the last four years.
Further measures will be instituted in other areas of Heideveld if the budget for the next financial year is approved by the City council.
“Traffic calming measures will also be instituted at Zenith Road, Doman Road, Ferrous Street, 3rd Street and Heideveld Road. These measures will be implemented as funding becomes available,” says Moses.

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