One-Way Traffic Congestion

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One-Way Traffic Congestion
One-Way Traffic Congestion

The one-way streets of our towns are causing major traffic congestion throughout the C.B.D, especially when employees are leaving work in the afternoon and at month-end.

Strangely enough, the one-way road (Zuidend Street) in front of Boxer Supermarket, leads traffic in the direction of Church Street and the oneway street (De Wet Street) in front of TWK Head Office, goes in the opposite direction. For quite some years, these one-way streets have never been a problem because the traffic flow moved at a steady pace during peak times.

Traffic congestions seemed to have increased when another one-way street was created. Retief Street, heading past the entrance to the Piet Retief Shopping Centre, is causing major traffic jams during peak time as well as at month-end when traffic volumes are normally higher than usual.

This oneway (Retief Street) is also leading traffic away from Church Street, the same as the one in De Wet Street. Is this the way it is supposed to be? Should the oneway created in Retief Street not be heading in the direction of Church Street to ease traffic flow in that specific area? Or should it not be changed back to a dual direction road as in the past?

We never experienced this problem in earlier days. Another situation is the entrance at the Piet Retief Shopping Centre. Where a person is used to driving on the left side of the road, this entrance forces drivers to enter the centre on the right side (wrong side) leaving quite some confusion. (Only in Piet Retief) A lot of drivers are trying their best to avoid using these roads because a person can easily sit at a traffic light for a lengthy period of time.

Also, drivers trying to cross these intersections and having to stop in the middle of the intersection does little to help with the flow of traffic. Does this maybe leave one with the question of numerous drivers not knowing the rules of the road? Drivers are blocking the intersections to wait in the queue due to traffic congestion ahead, or even traffic lights that might not be synchronised correctly.

The enterance at the Piet Retief Shopping Centre
The enterance at the Piet Retief Shopping Centre

What they don’t realise, is that while they are stopping, in the middle of an intersection, the traffic wanting to cross the road are now blocked as well, causing yet another traffic jam! A little patience will definitely get you somewhere and giving another driver the opportunity to go straight or turn will not be the end of the world. Has anyone ever noticed that the Emergency Services do not normally make use of Church Street as well?

Can this perhaps be due to the heavy traffic congestion in the C.B.D, which can lead to them not arriving at an accident in time? Is it not time that the traffic officials make work of this dire situation? One thing is for certain, driving in Piet Retief’s C.B.D. is most definitely not for the faint-hearted or a person suffering from road rage!