Since last year, KOSRA has written several letters to SANRAL (The South African Roads Agency Limited), expressing concern at the dangerous situation and the number of accidents and fatalities on the R72 in the Kenton/Boesmans/Marselle area. In the last 5 years, there have been 150 accidents between West of Alexandria and East of Port Alfred, including 35 fatalities. Of these, 12 have occurred at the entrance to Kenton.
Despite the lockdown, we have consistently requested that the speed limit be reduced from 80km/h to 60km/h and that a traffic circle be built at the Kenton entrance. At last, a Road Traffic Engineer was commissioned by SANRAL to conduct a new Traffic Impact Assessment. We met with him when he visited Kenton recently, and were delighted to learn that he agreed with our proposal. He undertook to submit a recommendation to SANRAL that the speed limit be reduced and a traffic circle be installed as a matter of high priority.
We wait to see whether SANRAL accepts the recommendation, and if so, when it will be implemented. It also remains to be seen whether our request for speed cameras is granted.
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