Metro says no to residents request traffic lights

Mohamed Abed stands at the dangerous intersection on Welgedacht and Grootvlei roads.

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has responded to resident’s request for the installation of traffic lights or a three-way stop at the intersection of Welgedacht and Grootvlei roads.

Residents say this intersection is dangerous as motorists drive at excessive speeds and people turning into Grootvlei road are often stranded in the middle trying to turn.

Themba Gadebe, the spokesperson for the metro says, said: “Traffic signals are installed when the warrants as prescribed in the South African Traffic Signs Manual (i.e. SARTSM) are met.

Also read Busy intersection on Grootvlei and Welgedacht Roads a nightmare for motorists

“A traffic signal warrant investigation was done in May 2012 but unfortunately the requested traffic signal installation was not warranted in terms of the South African Road Traffic Signs Manual.

“Since it has been five years since the previous survey was done, another survey will be will be prioritised in terms of the available budget for the 2018/19 financial year.

“The warrant investigation will reveal if the intersection needs to be signalised or not.

“The warrant study will be scheduled in quarter 3 of the 2018/2019 financial year and if warranted, the installation will be scheduled for either the 4th quarter of 2018/2019 or the 1st quarter of 2019/2020.”

Also read Metro responds to residents’ demands of traffic light at Welgedacht and Grootvaly roads intersection

The metro also says it will not be possible to put a three-way stop at the intersection as a control mechanism due to the unbalanced traffic volumes “on Welgedacht Road versus Grootvaly Road”. Having a 3-way stop will create major delays for the majority of motorists.

Gadebe suggested the use of EMPD pointsmen at this intersection can be a temporary measure to direct traffic during peak hours.

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