Millions to fix Hilton potholes

2013-04-15 00:00

RESIDENTS of Hilton have responded to Shannon Rushworth’s call for a campaign against potholes, with social sites abuzz with photos.

Rushworth, who has been putting up ironic signs near potholes, has invited people to e-mail pictures of potholes in their area to lovemypothole@gmail.com.

The response was a flurry of witty pictures that nevertheless show the severity of the problem in the village.

The activities of the “sign-hanging gang” have also been noted by uMngeni municipal officers.

Ward six councillor Craig Millar (DA) said the campaign was “symptomatic of the problem”.

Millar estimated there were more than 100 potholes in Hilton, each of which should be taken seriously regardless of its size. He said the larger potholes get, the more dangerous they are to road users and the more expensive they are to fix.

Millar says that the budget for maintenance in the last financial year was R9 million.

A proposed R29 million budget for maintenance for the coming year indicated that the municipality will have the funds to fix the pothole problem.

Dr Mpilo Ngubane, uMngeni municipal manager, said the repair process has started, with a team supervisor assessing and marking the Hilton roads.

The aim is to list which minor potholes could just be filled-in and which larger potholes required the road surface to be repaired. Hiltonites said they have noticed that their potholes “have now been made prettier by white paint markings”.

Ngubane said part of the reason why potholes re-appeared was because uMngeni was currently patching the holes with filler material that needed to be redone after heavy rains.

He said the council was looking at a different process to repair potholes over the longer-term, instead of just patching them, but this would take months to complete.

Ngubane reminded the “sign-hanging gang” that it was against regulations to put signs on posts without council’s permission.

He said that although the pothole posters were a source of amusement to the community, it should stop. He urged people to rather follow legal means to voice their problems. Ngubane said his e-mail, manager@umngeni.gov.za, is available publicly and should be used.

— Witness Reporter.

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