KVRIP to fix road reflectors for pedestrians’ safety

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Dec 13, 2014-

In order to ensure the pedestrians’ traffic safety during the evening, authorities have started fixing the cat’s eye road reflector devices along the recently constructed road stretches in Kathmandu Valley. These reflectors will not only mark the crosswalks, but also serve as references for drivers to maintain the speed of their vehicles.

Road authorities said that these reflectors are necessary for fast lane roads like Maitighar-Tinkune. “Drivers will be conscious about the road and speed as soon as they see the reflective cat’s eyes” said Prabhat Jha, chief at the Kathmandu Valley Road Improvement Project (KVRIP), the agency responsible for the construction of the Maitighar-Tinkne road.

Cat’s eye reflectors have already been affixed at two zebra crossings in the 2.6 kilometres road, which boasts nine pedestrian crossing points that are 235 meters apart from one another.

Cat’s eye retroreflective devices make driving safer during nights as these devices reflect the vehicle’s light, keeping drivers aware about their lanes. These reflectors are cost effective, durable and require minimal maintenance. With two pairs of reflective glass spheres set into a white rubber dome, mounted in a cast-iron housing, cat’s eyes are robust enough to take on any vehicle tyres and extreme weather conditions.

Together with these road equipments, the authorities have also started re-painting the traffic markings which have faded over the time. “We have already finished the re-marking the signs from Dhobikhola to Maitighar, and the rest of the stretch will be completed within this week” said Jha.  

Besides, the authorities are also constructing a proper way to link the already marked zebra crossings through the green lane so that the people can get across the road without any trouble. “We also have plan to add one more zebra crossing at Tinkune, considering the pedestrian pressure,” added Jha.


Published: 14-12-2014 09:22

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