Concerns about safety in front of Koeberg Primary School in Maitland could be a thing of the past as the City of Cape Town plans to provide the requested traffic calming solutions.
It has been announced that an amount of R370 000 has been budgeted for the improvement of Royal Road. The plans are expected to be implemented during the current financial year.
People’s Post reported on the “risky road” earlier this month (“Kids ‘at risk’ on road”, 6 March). Just a week after the article was published, a learner from Maitland High School was killed by a truck while allegedly standing on the pavement waiting to cross the road in the afternoon (“Schools picket following learner’s death,” People’s Post, 20 March).
School principals and community members have repeatedly expressed their frustration about the “negligence by the City”. According to the community, a toddler was also allegedly killed on this road by a “reckless driver” last year.
In response to the query about how the City is planning to avoid further accidents, Mayco member for transport and urban development, Brett Herron, says the City has planned to implement two speed humps, scheduled for implementation at a total cost of R70 000, plus an additional R300 000 for the relocation of the traffic signals.
He says: “[A] raised pedestrian crossing is to be scheduled for either the 2018/19 or 2019/20 financial year, depending on budget availability for traffic calming.”
Herron says the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) has approved the implementation of two speed humps on either side of the existing signalised pedestrian crossing.
“[It was] recommended that traffic calming measures be implemented along Royal Road to protect vulnerable road users. It was further recommended that the existing signalised pedestrian crossing at Koeberg Primary School be converted into a signalised raised pedestrian crossing and that it be moved to a new location. One speed hump will also be implemented between Koeberg Road and Van Wyk Street, and one speed hump halfway between the Koeberg Primary School signalised pedestrian crossing and Station Road. It is also recommended that a block pedestrian crossing be implemented at the Royal Road and Station Road intersection.”
Herron explains that the City is planning a MyCiTi route along the Koeberg Road corridor.
According to him, for this to happen, the City had to make a number of road infrastructural improvements along the corridor and at certain intersections, including the intersection improvements at Koeberg Road and Prestige Road, as well as Koeberg Road and Royal Road.
Herron says Koeberg Road is regarded as an off-ramp from the M5 and acts as a major link which distributes traffic to Maitland, Kensington and the Factreton area, and to the Maitland and Salt River industrial area. “This slip-lane is mainly controlled by means of a yield sign and road marking, which implies that all left-turning vehicles are to yield right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from their right. This layout rendered this intersection inefficient, which caused very long delays and traffic spilling and queuing onto the freeway.”
Herron says there are no immediate plans on the horizon to do any additional road widening in Royal Road apart from a drop-and-go embayment in front of the school, in the vicinity of the blocked signalised pedestrian crossing. Herron explains that the drop-and-go embayment construction cost is an estimated R120 000 and it will be implemented during the 2017/18 financial year.