Traffic chaos on cards for CBD

Traffic Jam

 

Stephané Bothma

Drivers can expect serious traffic chaos in the CBD for the next three months when sections of Paul Kruger Street will be off-limits to all motorists.

Only tenants of buildings with underground parking would be granted access to their associated parking, said Tshwane mayoral spokesman Blessing Manale.

The closure of two sections of Paul Kruger Street was to allow rapid bus transit contractors to resurface the road and to extend sidewalks between Nana Sita and Pretorius streets.

“Streets that will be closed off to traffic are Paul Kruger Street between Nana Sita Street and Francis Baard Street and Paul Kruger Street between Francis Baard Street and Pretorius Street,” Manale said on Friday.

Tshwane metro said that construction work would start on Monday 1 February and was expected to be completed by the end of April. However, when Rekord went to Paul Kruger Street to take photos on Monday, no sign of any road barricades or workers could be found.

On Wednesday, another visit to the site also showed that construction had not yet started. At the time of going to print, it could not be established what had caused the delay.

Manale said the metro was preparing to operate Line 1A of the A Re Yeng project.

“Line 1A will therefore become operational from the corner of Nana Sita and Paul Kruger streets along Paul Kruger Street and Mansfield Avenue to the Rainbow Junction intermodal facility in Pretoria North.”

Motorists were advised to use the following deviations:

From the inner city to Pretoria North:

– Motorists could travel in Francis Baard Street and use either Nana Sita Street and Francis Baard Street or Lilian Ngoyi Street to exit the city towards Pretoria North.

– Motorists could opt for Nana Sita Street and use either Bosman Street or Lilian Ngoyi Street to exit the city towards Pretoria North.

– Motorists could pick Pretorius Street and use either Bosman Street or Lilian Ngoyi Street to exit the city towards Pretoria North.

From Pretoria North towards the inner city:

– Motorists could travel in Paul Kruger Street until they reach Madiba Street.

– Motorists could then turn left into Madiba Street and right into Thabo Sehume Street.

– Motorists could then access the inner city by using either Pretorius Street or Nana Sita Street.

“Motorists are urged to drive within the indicated speed limit and to be alert to construction vehicles that will be travelling on the surrounding roads,” Manale said.

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