Con­crete blocks are a URDG KD]DUG

Post - - OPINION - T MARKANDAN Sil­ver­glen

IT HAS gone well for over a month, since con­crete blocks were placed on a dan­ger­ous, down­hill sec­tion of the south-bound lanes of Hig­gin­son High­way, next to the Bottlebrush set­tle­ment, nar­row­ing it to one lane.

I thought that the road had been nar­rowed so that re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work could be car­ried out on the left lane. But, as yet, there are no signs of any road­works.

Warn­ing signs have been placed on the road: a small “road­works ahead” sign, “road nar­row­ing to one lane” and “no over­tak­ing” signs. But they have not helped.

Sev­eral of the con­crete blocks have been smashed by speed­ing, reck­less mo­torists.

Hig­gin­son High­way has a no­to­ri­ous rep­u­ta­tion for road ac­ci­dents. Why place this ad­di­tional haz­ard on the road when po­lice have their hands full deal­ing with drunken and reck­less driv­ers?

As it stands, road fa­tal­i­ties are alarm­ingly high.

Does some­one in the depart­ment get some sadis­tic plea­sure in see­ing the blocks be­ing smashed by the cow­boy driv­ers of Chatsworth?

This is the sec­ond time mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties have shown com­plete dis­re­gard for the safety of mo­torists on Hig­gin­son High­way.

What is baf­fling is why these con­crete blocks were placed on the road if the roads depart­ment was not ready to com­mence work?

Where is the ward coun­cil­lor? Can he not see, or is he busy par­ty­ing?

I wish some mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cial could step out of the com­fort of their air-con­di­tioned of­fice and ex­plain the puzzle of the con­crete blocks.

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