New road circles a test for drivers
East London motorists driving on Nahoon’s Old Transkei Road can heave a sigh of relief as the reconfiguration of the “dangerous” traffic circles nears completion.

The two traffic circles at the Gleneagles Road end have been a cause for concern for most motorists who use the road.

Many have blamed the circles’ unusually big size for some near- accidents when driving through them.

Their size, as well as poor road markings, made it a challenge for two cars to drive through at the same time.

Cambridge police spokesperson Captain Leon Fortune said six accidents had been recorded on the Old Transkei Road since May, which was around the same time the construction of the circles started.

He could not confirm if the accidents were caused by the circles.

Contractor Tim Blyth from Amatye Civils, contracted by Buffalo City Municipality (BCM) for the project, said they had made a few modifications to the circles.

These included resurfacing and marking the road which, he said, would be finished by the end of the week.

“There is still some work to be done but the whole project should be completed by Friday next week,” said Blyth.

He also urged motorists to be cautious.

Motorist Tim Brain applauded the work.

“I like them. It was difficult to join the Old Transkei Road at peak hours because everybody was just speeding, and it will be interesting to see how the circles work when the schools open.”

He was still concerned about the way the circles were built.

“The marking makes it a challenge to turn if you are driving on the left-hand side of the road, but nonetheless I’m comfortable with them,” he added .

A street hawker, who only introduced herself as Nomnqambulo, said speeding was still a problem.

“I’ve seen lots of accidents and drivers who knock off the poles marking the circles. It’s still dangerous to cross there,” she said.

Mark Ndabambi, a petrol attendant, said traffic lights would have been better because of the speeding

Source: Daily Dispatch

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