Local residents are currently finding themselves with their hands in their hair because of congested traffic in and around the city. Although the upgrades to roads will improve infrastructure, it is consuming much more time to travel to and from work every day.
Bloemfontein Courant spoke to a few residents to hear what they have to say.
Cieron de Kock says: “As long as the traffic flows I am alright with it. I think the roadworks is handled very well in Bloemfontein.”
Joseph Seliable says: “I am a frequent visitor from Lesotho. At the end of the day, the roadworks does not affect me at all.”
Sipho Danster says: “It affects us. Especially when there is roadworks on the route that you have been taking while the petrol price is also going up. They should just get done with whatever they are doing.”
Shaun Koetze says: “It is time-consuming. I have to drop my kids in the morning and fetch them again in the afternoon. It is an absolute mess.”
Gerhard Wiese says: “Luckily I stay near work. I think people should just take an alternative route to avoid the traffic and roadworks.”
The Department of Police, Roads and Transport in the Free State would like to appeal to all motorists to be cautious on the roads.
Spokesperson Hillary Mophethe is passing her message to motorists using provincial roads linking towns, such as the N8 road from Bloemfontein to Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu, which is under construction. There is a slack flow of traffic. She says car movement will be slightly slower on the road, especially during peak time between these three towns when people knock off from work.
“We are appealing to road users to please exercise patience by keeping the necessary space between cars and trying not to overtake at solid lines and to observe road signs. Support in this regard will be highly appreciated,” says Mophete.
Here are some the names of streets that are currently under construction:
Dan Pienaar Drive: Rehabilitation – both directions
Kenneth Kaunda: both directions
Att Horak Street
N1 South – 2 sections
Walter Sisulu Drive
Raymond Mhlaba/Waverley intersection
N8 Sannaspos – Thaba Nchu