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Traffic signals on Mandela Highway vandalised again - Motorists urged to look out for pedestrians

Published:Thursday | January 3, 2019 | 12:00 AM

With traffic signals along the Mandela Highway near the entrance to the North-South highway vandalised, the National Works Agency (NWA) is advising motorists to look out for pedestrians and yield to persons attempting to cross the roadway.

The traffic signals also accommodate pedestrian lights.

According to the NWA, the traffic signals along the busy highway has, for the second time in less than five months, been rendered inoperable by vandals.

Stephen Shaw, manager of communication and customer services at the NWA, said that the traffic signals were discovered damaged on Wednesday.




He said that an assessment of the infrastructure at the location revealed that signal cables, which operate the lights, had been burned.

Shaw also explained that the fire also destroyed the pull box, which housed the cables, the traffic signal cabinet, and parts of the mast arms on which the lights are situated.

He said that the repairs would cost more than $1.2 million. However, a timeline for the repairs has not yet been determined.

Shaw indicated that towards the end of summer last year, the NWA had to respond to a spate of incidents in which traffic signals were damaged at various locations in the Corporate Area owing to the malicious actions of vandals or persons of unsound mind.

He said that repairs, in some instances, had to be effected multiple times at some locations due to repeat interference with signal equipment.

The cost of emergency repairs to the affected traffic signals amounted to millions of dollars.