Safety to be improved at Joburg road construction sites

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Gauteng Provincial Government will implement a number of measures to improve the safety of motorists on construction projects along the R511 (William Nicol Drive) and R114 (Old Krugersdorp Road) as well as the Mnandi/Olifantsfontein intersection.

On Tuesday, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi and his team conducted oversight visits of construction projects following concerns that were raised by road users.  

“Upon inspections, the team identified a number of interventions to be undertaken in order to improve motorist safety, particularly where road construction is currently underway,” the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport said in a statement.

Some of the interventions to be undertaken in the next few days include the replacement of the stop sign on the N14 off-ramp; repainting of the road markings on the R114; closing off the illegal access from the R114; installing and repairing of guardrails, as well as getting assistance from the Department of Community Safety to increase traffic law enforcement.

The MEC was joined by departmental teams from traffic engineering and maintenance units.

The R511 links Gauteng with the North West province and serves as a major inter-provincial route from Midrand towards the neighbouring province. It also serves as a collector and distributor of traffic for rural areas and towns.

 On the Mnandi/Olifantsfontein intersection, the following measures will be implemented:

  • installing rumble strips on Olifantsfontein Road to alert motorists and discourage speeding;
  • reducing speed limit from 100km/h to 80 km/h;
  • cutting grass in the approaches and intersection to improve visibility;
  • installing guardrails at the southwest and northeast corners to discourage vehicles short cuts behind stop signs;
  • installing road studs (“cats eyes”) to improve road marking visibility at the intersection; and
  • increasing traffic law enforcement on Olifantsfontein road, particularly at the intersection.