Bridge causes concern

2019-05-28 06:00
Two school children wait to see if the road is clear to cross before going to school.

Two school children wait to see if the road is clear to cross before going to school.

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An elderly woman from Maitland has shared her concerns over a bridge that might cause many deaths in the community.

The bridge runs from Canon Street and ends just before Voortrekker Road en route to Koeberg Road.

The elderly woman, Nomonde Mdlalana (62), says she gets terrified every time her two grandchildren have to go to school in the morning.

“I see a lot of children struggling to cross that bridge to get to the other side of the road every day and I get terrified just looking at them,” she explained her fears.

“A few years ago, one man was knocked dead by a car and another was later knocked over on the very same bridge. Something needs to be done before more accidents happen,” Mdlalana said.

She said she would like the City of Cape Town to try and alleviate the situation before a child gets involved in an accident.

“Putting up a warning sign or even reducing the speed limit would help ease so many parents’ minds regarding the situation,” she said.

Concerned citizen Soraya Khan does not have school-going children, but seeing children struggling to cross the bridge daily breaks her heart.“Seeing these children crossing the bridge on their own is heartbreaking. Children should not be going through that,” she said.

She said that having warning signs would alert motorists that the area is not just an industrial site and that pedestrians also use the road.

“Many people think that the area is just an industrial site and do not think that there might be residences, so they do not think of decreasing the speed.”

She said it would be nice if the City could put up warning signs so that motorists know that there are pedestrians who use the road regularly.

Mayco member for Transport Felicity Purchase said that the City was not aware of the issue, nor has it been brought to their attention.

She further said that investigations will need to be done before taking any decisions.

Asked whether the City would consider having a designated pedestrian crossing, Purchase said it is very unlikely that these pedestrian crossings are constructed at such roads.

“This is a higher route intended to carry higher volumes. Generally speaking, pedestrian crossings are not provided on or in close proximity to bridge structures due to sight distance considerations relating to the vertical curvature of the road,” she said.

However, she said that investigations will be conducted to determine the number of pedestrians crossing the roadway and whether or not the various national road safety-related standards would require that any formalised crossing is required.

“Our investigation would also need to consider whether or not crossing of the roadway by pedestrians should be permitted, or whether they should not rather be redirected to a safer crossing point.”


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