Residents of Ward 126 have resorted to extreme measures, stopping taxis and other vehicles from using the pavement as a way to skip traffic, Randburg Sun reports.
Along with the help of the Johannesburg Roads Agency and councillor David Brand, huge rocks have been placed on the pavement starting from the corner of Jim Fouche Road and Pranticole Avenue until Beyers Naude Drive.
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Brand said drivers trying to skip traffic by using the pavement are putting pedestrians’ lives at risk.
“The problem starts when the vehicle has to come off the pavement and join traffic. It becomes chaotic and causes accidents that could have been avoided.
“Even though there were poles placed in certain areas to prevent vehicles from using the pavement, the poles have been removed or vehicles have crashed into them,” said Brand.
The rocks were delivered by the agency who planned to dispose of them as they were left over from another project.
“The rocks may not be the prettiest but they are getting the job done in preventing vehicles from being a danger to pedestrians and other drivers.”
Spokesperson for the roads agency, Bertha Peters-Scheepers, confirmed the agency’s involvement in assisting the residents of Ward 126.
“As per an agreement between residents and the ward councillor to curb taxis driving on the pavement, the rocks were placed on the right-hand side pavement of Jim Fouche,” said Peters-Scheepers.