Narrow road of horror

2016-01-12 06:00
Residents of Sir Alfred Avenue have requested traffic-calming measures due to the high volume of traffic using the narrow road.  PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

Residents of Sir Alfred Avenue have requested traffic-calming measures due to the high volume of traffic using the narrow road. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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Lansdowne residents in Sir Alfred Avenue are at their wits’ end. They have experienced a traffic headache for almost two years.

Residents in this road say they have no proper place to park their cars, neither do people who visit. And getting out of their driveways is a nightmare.

Resident Trevor Overmeyer says he approached his local ward councillor with a request for traffic-calming measures in 2014 already.

Overmeyer says he is concerned about the high volume of traffic as well as the safety of children who attend school nearby.

“The road has a high volume of traffic and is situated in a residential area. There is a high school right opposite which results in schoolchildren walking in the road as cars park on the pavement to avoid disrupting the flow of traffic,” Overmeyer says.

He stresses that the traffic nightmare is a “disaster waiting to happen”, adding that heavy-duty vehicles use the narrow road as well.

Another resident, who asked to remain anonymous, has lived in the street for over two decades and says it is an ongoing problem.

“This has always been an issue in our street but as of late it has become more of a concern. Motorists speed down here all hours of the day and the street remains busy all the time. Getting out of your driveway is such a hassle, because, firstly, the road is narrow and, secondly, you have to be so vigilant for speeding and oncoming vehicles,” he says.

The man has pleaded for a solution “more sooner than later”.

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, confirms “various applications for remedial measures within Sir Alfred Road were received by the City”.
Herron says: “The applicant called for a site meeting with the local councillor and City officials at which the following matters were highlighted:
. High volumes and high speeds of traffic down Sir Alfred Avenue due to this link being used as a rat run to Imam Haron Road (previously Lansdowne Road).
. Limited road reserve for on-street parking and therefore vehicles get damaged by heavy vehicles using Sir Alfred Avenue.
. Vehicles parking on sidewalks and therefore limited space for pedestrian movement which increases the conflict between pedestrians and vehicles.”

He further says Sir Alfred Avenue is a local distributor and emergency route, connecting Imam Haron and Racecourse roads.

“The intersection with Racecourse Road is signalised and aligned with Chukker Road, itself a local distributor connecting Racecourse and Wetton roads. Given the function of the road as a local distributor route, the vehicle volumes are within the environmental capacity of this class of road.
“Instead, we recommend the implementation of signage to place a restriction on the size of trucks and buses using the road.”
Herron says cars parking on sidewalks, and therefore limiting space for pedestrian movement, increases the problem that both pedestrians and vehicles use the road.

“The width of the road and obstruction of the footway are causes for concern and it is therefore recommended that parking be prohibited on the east side of the road to ensure sufficient space for both pedestrians and vehicles to move along the road. Alternative plans for managing parking have been drafted and will be discussed with the councillor and public shortly,” he says. 

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