Shine a light on us, plead locals

2017-03-28 08:19
The intersection of Mocke and De Waal roads gets very congested, and residents’ calls for traffic lights may be heard. The City of Cape Town is to make a decision soon.

The intersection of Mocke and De Waal roads gets very congested, and residents’ calls for traffic lights may be heard. The City of Cape Town is to make a decision soon. (TIYESE JERANJI)

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Southfield residents are losing hope of getting traffic lights at the intersection of Mocke and De Waal roads, but a City of Cape Town Mayco member agrees that they are necessary.

Residents say they have requested traffic lights for years. The intersection is used by people from Punts Estate, Elfindale, Heathfield and other suburbs.

Ashton Janari, who represents the residents of Punt Street, says they are still waiting.

“One cannot help noticing the various improvements in traffic management while driving up Kendal Road towards Constantia.

“While I would agree with the new lights at the right turn onto the M3 freeway, as well as the lights at the top of Kendal Road, surely a traffic light on the corner of De Waal and Mocke roads will be far more beneficial to all road users? We have been asking for this for many years now,” he says.

Jan Burger, chairperson of the Princess Vlei Civic Association, says: “This problem has been on the integrated development plan for years and raised annually and our councillor is aware of it.

I can assure you that the traffic is a problem in that area.

“It’s so difficult to get in and out because of traffic. The last I remember that we were told was that the road is too small to have traffic lights. We have to wait for the road to expand – that will be in more than 10 years to come.”

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development, says: “Traffic at the intersection is congested, especially during peak periods, with trucks and motorists either entering or egressing from the residential area.

“Based on prevailing traffic conditions, traffic signals are justified at this intersection. The City’s transport and urban development authority has commissioned and received a draft report on design options for upgrading the intersection, including installation of signals,” he says.

City officials are still investigating which upgrade option it will implement, but a decision will be made by mid-May.

“The project cost would then be finalised and budget identified. The project will be completed by the end of the City’s 2018/2019 financial year at the latest.”

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