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Thursday Dec 06, 2012

New N1 interchange proposed for Tshwane

Plans are under way to tackle problems related to traffic congestion in the Ashlea Garden/Garsfontein area. Tshwane Metro Council will construct a new interchange as part of the plans for the area.

This will result in the closure of Matroosberg and Dely roads, between Garsfontein and Matroosberg roads, Ashlea Gardens, to make way for the Garsfontein/N1 interchange.

Garsfontein Road will be upgraded to a four-lane road between the Garsfontein/N1 interchange and Selati Road.

The construction of the Garsfontein/N1 interchange is aimed at improving accessibility to and from the N1.

According to the municipality, traffic volumes are expected to grow significantly on roads such as Garsfontein, Dely, Brooklyn and Selati, "which would have a significant impact on the residential environment between these gateways".

Executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said council would ensure that the residential character of those areas was protected.

"We would like to minimise rat running in those suburbs and to ensure that their residential character is protected," he said.

Ward councillor Siobhan Muller said it was encouraging to see the municipality protect the residential character of the suburbs.

"Too often, the rights of developers have been allowed to overshadow the rights of residents who lived in the suburbs long before the developers moved in," she said.

Muller said it was essential to protect the suburban streets from rat racing due to the high volumes of traffic on high order roads to accommodate office and retail development.

"It is essential to prevent gridlocks of traffic on the higher order roads which guarantee rat racing through the quieter suburban roads.

"In this particular case, this closure is critical to the survival of the residential character of Ashlea Gardens."

According to Muller, developers had already eyed the area and started to move in, over the mid-block line, into the residential area.

"They had hoped to bully the residents into accepting intrusion into their quiet suburb. This closure will make sure that residential and development of office space each has a place."

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