By Mathews Kasanda:
Blantyre City Council (BCC) is set to implement a major shift in traffic flow in its Central Business District (CBD) by introducing one-way traffic system a reduce congestion.
BCC, through its town planning and estates services director, Costly Chanza, told journalists during a press briefing in Blantyre Tuesday that roads within the CBD would be affected.
The system is set to be rolled out on Friday when Local Government and Urban Development Minister, Ben Phiri, will officially launch the system.
“All vehicles that will be coming to Blantyre CBD from Chipembere Highway will be using the Haile Selassie Road passing by Escom [Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi] House all the way to Nandosi.
“All vehicles coming to CBD from Chilomoni, Namiwawa townships and Lilongwe via Mbayani Township will be getting into Glyn Jones Road connecting to Chipembere Highway,” Chanza said.
Vehicles from the Highway and Wenela Bus Depot direction going to Lilongwe will have to strictly pass through Haile Selassie Road before getting to Victoria Avenue then connecting to Glyn Jones Road at Sunbird Mount Soche.
Glyn Jones Road runs from Chilomoni past Sunbird Mount Soche- Hotel and Kandodo Corner shop before passing by Metro shop and connect to the highway at Raji Kuji roundabout, popularly known as Clock Tower roundabout.
The council said it will engage police officers and traffic control officers to control vehicles for two weeks before road users get accustomed to the new arrangement.
“This will help mostly in the morning and evening when there is too much congestion. There will be more space to drive through,” minibus operator, Frank Kitano, said.
Other streets that will be made one-way include St. Andrews, Livingstone and Hannover.