Municipality allays CBD road fears

2016-09-01 06:00
A heavy-duty truck going down Memorial Road. Photos: vusi mthalane

A heavy-duty truck going down Memorial Road. Photos: vusi mthalane

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AS the new Justice Park takes shape over the Port Shepstone skyline, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality says plans are in place to rehabilitate the surrounding roads to ensure an easy flow of traffic around the site.
This comes after a number of readers raised concerns with the Fever after witnessing Memorial and Andreasen roads deteriorate as a result of trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles going in and out of the construction site.

Across the road from the construction site is the Costing Centre and Department of Transport where more heavy-duty vehicles park. This has resulted in the road being uneven, having potholes and no clear marking and the thick layer of dust in places makes it muddy when it rains.

A businessman, who resides in Albersville and drives on Memorial Road daily to town, said he feels the roads are too small to cope with the added traffic that will be inevitable once the complex opens.
Justice Park is to be a High Court featuring 16 courts and maximum security holding cells, among other things. It will also have parking for more than 200 cars on its
2 355ha premises.

“The road is not coping already as is evident every morning. They need to widen it and install traffic lights to regulate the flow of cars, or else traffic will come to a standstill once the court eventually opens,” said the businessman.
Ray Nkonyeni Municipality spokesperson Simon April said a plan is in place for the roads.
“The municipality has a clear plan for Andreasen and Memorial roads. They will be resealed and road markings will be reconfigured to allow free flowing traffic from Justice Park leading to town. All this is intended to be done once the construction of Justice Park nears completion so that trucks do not damage the reseal,” he said.

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