Concerns over a dusty and possibly lethal road in Kameelfontein might soon be resolved.
This as Gauteng roads and transport department officials met with ward councillors and residents this week to discuss an “urgent plan of action” to upgrade the notoriously dusty D1900 Reier Road.
Earlier this year published statistics revealed that dust deposits along this road had reached an alarming rate.
This posed a potential health risk to both humans and animals in the vicinity.
Several motorists also reported damage to their vehicles because to the “poor state” of the gravel road.
“The provincial officials saw first-hand in what condition some of our roads are,” said local ward councillor Johan Welmans on Tuesday.
He said an emulsion- or “dust treatment” of the Reier Road was proposed as a solution to the dust pollution.
“This is the same treatment used at mines to reduce dust deposits,” explained Welmans.
In May, Welmans and DA Taemane constituency head Adriana Randall had met with residents and business owners in the area to discuss their concerns about the road.
Resident Martin Kruger revealed in the meeting that dust fall along Reier Road far exceeded that allowed in a residential area.
“By law, dust fall cannot exceed 600 particles per square metre – but according to tests done in the area, the dust deposition rate was 2 800 particles,” said Kruger.
He said residents have been battling to get the department’s focus on the road since 2014.
Last year, a contractor was awarded a tender to upgrade and improve the road and storm-water drainage system.
But by January, the contractor had only added a few centimetres to elevate the gravel road.
Welmans said after the recent meeting with department officials, the upgrade of the road was expected soon.
“There are a couple of other roads the department had promised to give urgent attention,” said Welmans.
“The three main focus points that need immediate attention is Reier Road, traffic management at Die Poort Laerskool, and the T-junction where Kameelfontein Road connects to Cullinan.”
He said several other dangerous roads and crossings – especially roads crossing the notorious Moloto Road – were also pointed out to departmental officials.
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