Traffic signal system to ease vehicle flow

Motorists have welcomed the installation of a three-phase traffic system at the Dunes Mall junction in Walvis Bay.

06 May 2019 | Infrastructure

Eben Platt; Traffic Chief; “. . . the number of vehicles on our roads also tripled over the past few years.”

Walvis Bay - Otis Finck

Walvis Bay municipal traffic chief Eben Platt hailed the installation of a traffic “robots” signal system at the Dunes Mall intersection as an achievement and a definite plus for road users and traffic flow in the harbour town.

He also warned motorist that the upgrading of road markings is an ongoing process and they should exercise caution.

Bessie Bester of Bessie’s Traffic Solutions installed the N$500 000 Syntell three-phase traffic signal system on behalf of Afrideca.

“The advantages of the system is excellent and its installation will help a lot with the flow of traffic in the area. Drivers should, however, look carefully and at all times proceed with caution at the intersection,” Platt said.

According to him the intersection at Langer Heinrich and the C34 road is an extremely busy point of road infrastructure.

He added that Walvis Bay also experienced a significant increase in traffic on this specific road, due to the Dunes Mall.

“The construction of the mall indicates that the town is growing, while the number of vehicles on our roads also tripled over the past few years. The fact that the mall management went the extra mile to ensure the free flow of traffic and the installation of the traffic signal system is highly commendable.”

He advised motorist to look at the signal, respond appropriately and not disregard the signal.

Platt said the installation of the traffic signal system is accompanied by a number of structural changes and the realignment of road portions.

“Slipways were created to assist with traffic movement to and from the mall, as well as the industrial area. A directional arrow also assists with right turn movements to the mall.”

He said the yellow box junction at the intersection serves a specific purpose.

“Drivers should refrain from stopping on the yellow markings and do so correctly behind the stop line. The purpose of the yellow box junction is to allow heavy vehicles moving from Langer Heinrich Road to the Diaz circle to properly turn right without causing damage to other vehicles. Drivers should also take cognisance of their following and stopping distances when approaching the intersection.”

Platt said there are still some traffic related issues concerning motorists that needed to be addressed.

“Speeding on the C34 from the direction of the airport and Narraville is a major concern. Speed calming measures with proper pre-warning signs to warn motorists of the traffic signals ahead and others crossing the intersection will be put up.”

He said the location of the weighbridge was also problematic due to constant right turning vehicle movement at the entrance of the facility.

“We are investigating the possibility of shifting the entrance of the weighbridge to the opposite side on Rössing Street.”

Remedies to address traffic pile-ups at the Diaz circle during peak times will also be introduced. “We are considering to increase the capacity of the circle by changing the existing line markings.”

Platt called on motorist to always be patient because the vehicle population is constantly growing.

“Drive with consideration and be cautious at all times.”

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