WITVLEI: The Witvlei Village Council will soon extend the single-way bridge linking the Omataura residential area to the town, in an effort to reduce the number of accidents that have occurred along the bridge, especially during the rainy season.
Due to the fact that it is a single-way bridge the bridge can only accommodate one car at a time. Accidents have been frequent along the bridge – some of them fatal as motorists often fail to give way to one another.
As the only link between the residential area and town, the bridge sees high traffic volumes as cars travelling in both directions are forced to stop at the bridge to offer each other right of way.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Witvlei Village Council, Chris Murangi told Nampa that the village council decided to upgrade the bridge to allow for the easy flow of traffic along the road.
“We are faced with reports of accidents along the bridge on a frequent basis. This is a situation that cannot be allowed to continue any longer. The bridge is really becoming increasingly dangerous to use and as such, we needed to ease the traffic flow along it,” said Murangi.
School children are one of the most affected groups during the rainy season as they often have to wait for long durations to use the bridge over the river when traffic along it is high. Cars passing by often splash water on the school children and they are more than often forced to return home to change their wet uniforms, Murangi said.
Donkey carts using the bridge have also been known for causing accidents, especially at night when they are not visible from a distance to motorists.
“We are working on finalising a budget for the upgrading of the bridge, but we are hopeful that the actual upgrade will start soon. This is a service to the community that is long overdue and as such need to be prioritised,” the village council CEO explained.