VIDEO: Dangerous intersection worries Reeds residents

Roshini Gayadin (left) and Beverley Boodhai from The Reeds have grown increasingly concerned with safety when driving at the Rooihuiskraal Road and Kolgans Street intersection. Photo: Bennitt Bartl

Residents of The Reeds have become increasingly concerned over an intersection which they believe to be a death trap.

The corner of Rooihuiskraal Road and Kolgans Street has reportedly been the scene of a few accidents.

The problem is that the intersection which sits between two four-way stops is not a four-way stop itself, explains resident Roshini Gayadin.

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“If you turn from Kolgans Street into Rooihuiskraal Road you have to be very sure the coast is clear,” said Gayadin.

Those turning from Rooihuiskraal Road into Kolgans Street are also left in the middle of the road in a small turning lane which Gayadin said motorists were using to overtake.

“We are risking our lives and our children’s lives,” said Gayadin

Rekord visited the site together with Gayadin during off-peak traffic and it was clear even then that the intersection was dangerous.

“We have raised the issue with the metro but we are being told that there is not (enough funds) in the necessary budget available. How can that be when a nearby intersection was recently changed to a circle? Why not put those stop signs here?” asked Gayadin.

Another resident, Beverley Boodhai, said she had had a near-miss on the intersection.

“I had been waiting for a chance to drive into the intersection but the traffic wasn’t giving me any. When I took a chance I narrowly missed a motorcycle,” said Boodhai.

ALSO READ: Accident at intersection injures another schoolchild

Gayadin and Boodhai said something urgently needed to be done and were demanding that either a circle be put in or traffic signals be installed.

The two have prepared a petition signed by residents.

Gayadin said the sidewalk was also a problem.

“When it rains and the grass grows to knee height I feel so sorry for the children walking to the nearby school,” said Gayadin.

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