More Traffic Lights For Maun!

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  • Old traffic lights obsolete, to be replaced
  • Two new traffic lights to be installed at two more intersections
  • Project expected to be completed by end next month
  • Non-functioning traffic lights cause traffic nightmare
  • Traffic police visibly absent at the busy intersections

To address traffic congestion surge in Maun during peak hour, authorities have taken a decision to replace the non-functioning set of traffic lights with new ones and also install traffic lights at two more key intersections, that is the traffic roundabout by the rural administration Centre and by Ngami Toyota.

The only two set of traffic lights in Maun, installed over 10 years ago, currently not functioning, are said to have surpassed their maintenance period and will not work again. This situation, has led to serious traffic congestion in Maun especially during peak hours.

According to the North West District Council (NWDC) public relations officer, Tsholofelo Mogale the two sets of traffic lights situated at Caltex and Engen Park View intersections respectively have become obsolete as they have reached and surpassed their maintenance period and will not work again.

The only solution on the horizon now, according to Mogale is for new traffic lights to be installed at the intersections, replacing the old ones. The project, he said is awaiting funds in the new financial year, starting April.

The project will also entail another new set of traffic lights to be installed at two other key intersections.

 “We have adopted a new system, the one used by the Gaborone City Council and as soon as we acquire new lights, the old ones will be removed, probably by the end of April 2024,” he said. He further said plans are the procurement of the new lights be fast tracked to help the traffic congestion in the town

Meanwhile Maun traffic police’s Inspector Inspector Mogorosi Tshekelo told The Ngami Times that they are working around the clock to ease traffic flow wherever they can, but are hindered by shortage of manpower, hence the situation gets out of hand at times.

He further highlighted that three Special Constables who were assigned to help control traffic at the non-functioning traffic lights have since gone for training at the Police College. He further revealed that two officers from the Accident Prevention Section (APS) have been assigned to also attend to the traffic matters at times.

“This means, the two officers sometimes attend to the traffic section and at times attend to the accident section. There are times therefore that we are not going to see them at the intersections. We are trying all possible to seize and control the situation though we have shortage of manpower,” he said.

Tshekelo acknowledged that Maun has of recent experienced a surge in traffic congestion, adding that the hotspot is Maun to Francistown road, which passes through Boseja, past Maun Senior Secondary School and over Thamalakane Bridge to the Ngami Toyota 4 way stop junction.

 “We experience a lot of traffic congestion past Maun secondary school towards the Caltex fill station traffic signals and all the way to Matshwane. We also experience the same high traffic as you go towards Engen Parkview through the traffic signals on your way to Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital,” he said.

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