Street with educare gets calmer traffic

2015-11-17 06:00
Pupils and educators of the Three Bears educare in Washington Way with ward councillor Daniel Christians.

Pupils and educators of the Three Bears educare in Washington Way with ward councillor Daniel Christians.

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Pedestrians using Washington Way can breathe a sigh of relief as traffic-calming measures have been implemented.

After traffic-calming measures were installed in Hazeldene Avenue, speedsters opted to use Washington Way, increasing the traffic in the street, says ward councillor Daniel Christians.

There is, among others, an educare in the street which qualified the road for traffic-calming measures.

“When there are high pedestrian values in an area that has been proposed for traffic-calming measures we need to look into it,” he says.

Alesia Bosman, subcouncil manager, explains that not every application is approved.

“A team investigates the proposal and will determine if it qualifies for traffic-calming measures and if the measures proposed are the correct ones,” she says.

The applications are brought to subcouncil by the ward councillor and then a vote is taken.

After this, a full team needs to do a complaint assessment, before a final decision is made. This is a lengthy process and does not always result in traffic-calming measures being implemented.

One raised pedestrian crossing costs R80 000 and a normal speed bump costs R20 000.

The total cost of this project is estimated at R100 000 and additional streets throughout the ward and in other parts of Mitchell’s Plain are in the pipeline for next year. (Read the full article on page 9.)

“Overall we do see a change in driver behaviour and ward 81 has a calmer driving atmosphere,” says Christians.

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