Danville, Newport speed humps get green light

Durban North ward councillor, Shaun Ryley, is pleased the project is set to begin next week.
Durban North ward councillor, Shaun Ryley, is pleased the project is set to begin next week.

EXCESSIVE speeding and disregard of the rule of law were just some of the complaints that have dogged both Newport Avenue and Danville Avenue in recent years. However, last week an update from the eThekwini Traffic Authority (ETA) has revealed that both roads will be getting speed humps. The move has been welcomed by Durban North ward councillor, Shaun Ryley.

The traffic calming measures which were given the go-ahead in 2016 had to be halted due to a lack of money available. Ryley met with contractors on Thursday and work, weather permitting, is expected to start this week.

“I think it’s much needed and a relief for residents along the road. Even before I was elected councillor, the issue of cars travelling down Danville Avenue at an excessive speed was a concern so it’s been a longtime coming. I’ve been pushing for this to happen and it’s great to see it come to fruition. In total, there will eight speed humps, four humps on each side.

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“The start of the project will see six being installed and the remaining two will be installed at a later stage. There will be a few disappointed residents that it is not going all the way to the bottom but I believe this will go some way in curbing the frequency of speeding motorists on the road,” he said.

Another road set for some change is Newport Avenue. According to uMhlanga ward councillor, Heinz de Boer, speed humps will also be placed outside Danville Park Girls’ High School.

“The safety of the learners crossing on Newport Avenue is paramount and the City alongside the school and myself feel speed humps will go someway to securing the crossing. The request for speed humps will be placed in the 2018/19 draft capital budget for implementation subject to council approval. These will placed between the traffic circle and Newport/Danville avenue intersection,” de Boer said.

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Shiraz Habbib

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