Dangerous road

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 January, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 January, 2002, 12:00am

I applaud Kevin Sinclair for his column headlined 'Highway in a bigger mess than in the days of Hiram's' (South China Morning Post, January 23).

While the improvement of Hiram's Highway is to be welcomed, the absence of traffic lights between Pak Sha Wan and Sai Kung fire station puts pedestrians at risk.

Residents of the villages next to the highway, especially those in Ta Ho Tun, find it near to impossible to cross Hiram's Highway whatever the time of day. The roadworks to improve access to Ta Ho Tun village have completely blocked the pavement on the eastern side of the highway. There is no measure in place to provide a safe detour for pedestrians.

Warning signs exist for trucks entering the road, but do not provide ample distance as they are placed near a blind corner. Recently erected bunkers on the pavement have further constrained the safe room available for passengers wanting to flag down Choi Hung-bound buses.

Pedestrians, especially schoolchildren, desperately need a set of traffic lights at the junction of Ta Ho Tun Road and Hiram's Highway.

Can the Highways Department do something about this?


Pak Sha Wan