Joburg is starting to win traffic light war
THE City of Joburg says it is happy to announce that it has intervened in addressing traffic light downtime, which is already showing positive effects.
This improvement follows the implementation of the city’s No Joints Policy earlier this year, which means that when repairing the lights, new cables are installed and the fault is not simply joined.
This progressively reduces the high incidence of signal downtime at the most critical high-volume intersections in the city, said member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for transport, Nonhlanhla Mukhuba.
During the 2016/17 financial year which ended in June, 89 intersections were re-cabled and are now jointfree.
There has been an 18% reduction in the average number of daily traffic light faults between November last year and June this year, said Mukhuba.
There has also been a 60% improvement in the average time taken to repair faults, excluding those caused by power outages.
This has resulted in a 55% average traffic light downtime per day.
Power outages remain a major contributor to traffic signal downtime, constituting 50% of the daily faults reported.
Increased interaction between the Joburg Roads Agency (JRA), City Power and Eskom is being prioritised to address this.
Similarly to the JRA, City Power and Eskom are affected by ageing infrastructure and
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