Potholes grow as municipality dithers

2011-03-28 00:00

EARLY in February a small hole appeared on Willowton Road, between Natal Rubber and the Total garage. It steadily grew bigger, as the traffic was diverted over it from the nearby roadworks at the N3 interchange.

It was around this time that the first phone call was put through to the municipality’s roads section by concerned locals.

Stephan Tongue, who works in Willowton Road, reported the issue and was given a reference number, but told that the roads section would not be able to fix it until the water, which was welling up from the hole, was fixed by the water section.

Tongue phoned the water section, who promised to send someone out within a day or two. And still the hole grew bigger.

A second pothole developed near the first one and motorists are required to do some nifty manoeuvring to navigate around both holes.

In March Tongue and his colleagues, seeing no change in the pothole, once again phoned the water section. This time he was given a reference number and some potholes further up the road were repaired. But the rain came, and the holes kept growing.

Tongue followed this up with another phone call to the water section in mid-March. He was given a reference number again and told it would be attended to. However, he and fellow motorists are still forced to swerve around the gaping holes in the ground. “It’s going to cause an accident, all those people having to swerve on a blind rise,” said Tongue.

Brain Zuma, spokesperson for the Msunduzi municipality, said: “We have a backlog with the fixing of potholes, which is a result of budget challenges that we are facing. We are, however, busy with the programme, and because the complainant has a reference number, the problem will be attended to according to the schedule. We apologise for the delay caused by the backlog.”

The road section will fix the potholes once the water section has taken care of the water leak,said Zuma; the water section is aware of the problem and will attend to it as soon as possible.

The Willowton Road holes are only two of several potholes filling with water, apparently from underground leaks, around town. Another has developed in West Street near the busy turn into Jabu Ndlovu Street, heavily used by taxis heading towards Moses Mabhida Road into Edendale.

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