By Jeffrey Mogale
Residents of Botlokwa in the Molemole local municipality say many lives will be saved following the completion of the underground road and three bridges on the N1, which were officially opened by President Jacob Zuma.
The N1 between the City of Polokwane and Makhado town cut through the community of Botlokwa and the lives of the people living in the area were at high risk whenever they had to cross the road.
A resident Johannah Thoka told Pride News that many lives have been lost, especially pedestrians that had to cross the road during the night. She said most of them were knocked down by cars during the night when they were drunk.
“There are a taverns few metres from the road in both sides and most of these people were killed during the night when motorists do not follow the speed limit in the area, which is 60 Kilometres per hour”.
She said those that would want to risk their lives will ignore to use the pedestrian bridge and opt to cross the underground road were pedestrians are not allowed.
President Zuma who was joined by amongst others Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi, Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha, MEC of Transport Nandi Ndalani, officially opened the bridge as part of celebrating transport month in the province.
He said the construction of the three bridges, two which are meant for pedestrians and one for motor vehicles was a respond on the outcry by the Traditional council and the residents following many lives which were lost in the area.
The N1 connects South Africa and the SADC countries and is the busiest road throughout the seasons. Zuma urged the people in the area to look after the infrastructure that is meant to improve the lives of the people in the area and boost the economy.