COLCHESTER residents are experiencing mixed emotions regarding the R296-million road extension project bordering the usually quiet settlement, fearful that they "could be killed by a car crash while watching television".
The widening of the N2 between Hougham Park and Colchester, which was started in November 2010 and is expected to be completed by March next year, will see the road – known for both its heavy truck traffic and high accident rate – run, in some cases, less than 5m from houses in Colchester and Cannonville.
"The construction has affected us negatively in four different aspects. We have lost our privacy, we can no longer use our garden pool without travellers watching us. Anybody can walk down from the N2 and rob us now, so we lost our security," resident Johathan Raulo said.
"Then there is the increased noise and, lastly, the risk to residents' lives. The slope of the embankment will aid vehicles to penetrate our property and collide with our homes. We could be killed watching television."
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