South Africa: Joburg brings in solar powered traffic lights to help congestion during outages

South Africa: Joburg brings in solar powered traffic lights to help congestion during outages -

By Rudo Mungoshi

Johannesburg - The Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) has completed the installation of solar-powered traffic lights at five critical intersections in the city, in a bid to ease traffic congestion during a power outage.

The high-tech traffic lights have been placed at the corner of Loveday and Rissik streets, the Grayston on and off-ramps from the M1; the corner of Grayston and Rivonia roads and the corner of William Nicol and Sloane streets.

The solar-powered traffic lights were installed at an initial cost of R1.65-million, reports Joburg.org.

JRA Spokesperson, Conel Mackay said they were closely monitoring the performance of the solar traffic lights, under South African weather conditions.

"Our traffic signal control boxes are being fitted with communication devices that automatically give feedback to our maintenance team if there is a fault at the intersection," he said.

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