Road safety taken to new heights

2020-03-03 06:01

The construction of a raised intersection at Brommersvlei Road and Southern Cross Drive in Constantia was completed on Sunday March 1.

Liz Brunette, councillor for ward 62, says this is the fourth time such a traffic calming technique was used in this stretch to promote road safety.

Raised intersections have stop streets on each approach to the intersection.

Most drivers stop or slow down to prevent the vehicle’s undercarriage being damaged.

Brunette explains that Southern Cross Drive, which descends about 3km from Rhodes Drive to Brommersvlei Road, is very busy.

“Regular complaints were received about drivers speeding through the residential area in Constantia and there were some serious crashes involving mini-bus taxis,” explains Brunette.

To address the problem, money from the ward allocation was used to construct the raised intersection at the Parish Road and Hermina Avenue intersection in 2012.

However, Brunette says the complaints still continued to come in.

“Requests for raised platforms in all intersections on Southern Cross Drive were received,” she says.

Subsequently, the City of Cape Town’s transport department reassessed the road and recommended raised intersections at two other locations, namely the intersections at Silverhurst Drive (near Constantia Place retirement village) and Pinehurst Road. They were constructed in 2015 and 2016.

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