Public urged to help alleviate traffic headache

2016-04-05 06:00
The intersection at Baricombe and Oasis Road could be one of the roads under scrutiny for remedial engineering work in Hazendal.  PHOTO: Earl Haupt

The intersection at Baricombe and Oasis Road could be one of the roads under scrutiny for remedial engineering work in Hazendal. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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Moves are afoot to have engineering measures put in place at various roads and intersections in central Athlone and Hazendal.

Subcouncil 11, which ward 49 is a part of, noted the contents of the report and the remedial engineering measures programme and recommended that the application be submitted for technical assessment to be undertaken by the Transport for Cape Town department.

What this means is that an assessment would have needed to be done on the road to determine which traffic engineering measures could be implemented.

However, it has emerged that the technical assessment has been put on hold after a public meeting was held at the Dulcie September Minor Hall last week.

Suzette Little, councillor for ward 44 announced the City’s intention to apply engineering solutions to alleviate the traffic jams experienced in the mornings on the corners of Klipfontein Road and Thornton Road and on the corners of Klipfontein Road and Belgravia Road. One of the recommendations was to close a section of Old Klipfontein Road or convert some of the surrounding roads into one-way streets.

Also raised at the meeting was the congestion on the corner of 12th Avenue Hazendal and Jan Smuts Drive.

The meeting was attended by a number of residents who were able to provide positive suggestions as they are all directly affected by the actions of drivers and the challenges.

Tim de Villiers, senior traffic engineer represented Transport For Cape Town (TCT) and based on the number of recommendations made at the meeting, it was decided that the various proposals will be presented to the residents where a door-to-door survey will be done to obtain opinion and this will be presented to TCT before a final decision is made.

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