VIDEO: Upgrade for dangerous Centurion road

Ward councillor Casper McDonald. Photo: Bennitt Bartl

A dangerous stretch of road in Centurion, is finally getting some long-overdue and much-needed upgrades.

The improvements along the road in Rooihuiskraal had been planned as far back as 1975, said councillor Casper McDonald.

The stretch was on the Old Johannesburg Road, particularly at a bridge crossing the N14 highway.

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Here the road split suddenly, said McDonald.

Many motorists had missed the split, driving into oncoming traffic.

Discussions with the provincial government had led to safety upgrades such as the installation of cat eyes and rumble strips.

“Missing road signs will also be replaced including a sign which marks the spot as a high accident zone,” said McDonald.

The safety improvements formed part of plans the metro had for the road as far back as 1975.

The thinking at the time was to convert Johannesburg Road into a six-lane road, said McDonald.

He said a spate of recent accidents brought a renewed focus on the problem.

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This prompted a meeting on the matter between provincial and local authorities last week.

“During the meeting the father of a motorcyclist who died at the intersection stopped to talk to us. He made it clear to everyone that drastic steps were needed.”

The possibility of extending barriers on the side of the road from Panaroma Road to where the road split would also be explored.

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“The problem is that the one does not see the road split until it is too late. We hope the new measures will make this clear to motorists,” said McDonald.

He said work on the upgrades was expected to be completed by the end of the week.

Rumble strips were installed on Old Johannesburg Road this week as the first of many safety upgrades for the dangerous stretch from Panaroma Road to Lenchen Avenue. Photo: Bennitt Bartl

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