City of JHB to improve safety on Conrad Drive

The JRA says it’s in the process of undertaking a feasibility study for the widening of Conrad Drive Bridge.

A detailed map of recorded incidents between Conrad Drive and Jan Smuts avenue from 2010 to 2015. Picture: Johannesburg Roads Agency.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Roads Agency(JRA) says it's in the process of undertaking a feasibility study for the widening of Conrad Drive Bridge, including a traffic analysis of the area which could influence the future layout of the Conrad Drive/Jan Smuts' intersection.

While the project is underway, a local business owner says he is concerned over a large number of accidents that have occurred on the stretch of road.

Mark Roe, who has been working in the area for over 29 years, says the corner of Blairgowrie Drive and Conrad has become particularly dangerous for both motorists and pedestrians.

"Four or five people have been killed outside my shop. The worry is that people are speeding from the bottom of Conrad coming up and then coming down when they come out of Blairgowrie drive. I think when I phone the emergency services they greet me by name which is almost a bit scary."

Roe says he is skeptical of the JRA bridge construction and that the city should instead look at ways to help slow down speeding motorists.

"I grew up in Blairgowerie, the bridge has been here for about 50 years. It's a waste of money, widening the bridge is not going to make traffic any easier because they [motorists] are all going to get caught up on Jan Smuts Avenue anyway."

The JRA has recorded six accidents that have occurred on the road since January 2010.

A detailed map of recorded incidents between Conrad Drive and Jan Smuts avenue from 2010 to 2015. Picture: Johannesburg Roads Agency

Meanwhile, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department has noted at least three serious motor accidents along Jan Smuts Ave approximately five kilometers from Conrad Drive between January and August this year.

The first was an accident involving two metro police buses where two people died, including an accident in which 16 children were injured.

The department says it has logged a complaint from a road user to put up a speed camera at the affected intersections.