Quick top-ups of potholes just deepen motorists’ misery

2011-04-06 00:00

COMMUTERS in Willowton who sighed with relief when they saw the gaping potholes in the road finally being repaired are not much better off now.

The damaged pipe that was causing water to well up into the potholes has been repaired, but the repair has left a trench across the entire road.

And if drivers were forced to find creative ways around the potholes before, they are now facing a much more demanding obstacle.

On Monday, the trench was almost 10 centimetres deep in places, forcing most motorists to slam on brakes to safely navigate the hole, with some cars’ undercarriages scraping over the lip of the trench.

Yesterday the trench, located between Natal Rubber and the Total garage, was again filled in with soil.

Rain and heavy trucks however soon left deep ruts gouged out of the soil again, with motorists once more carefully manoeuvring around the makeshift solution.

The first pothole appeared early in February, and was reported to the municipality three times by Stephan Tongue, who works in Willowton.

He was given various reference numbers and told that the roads section would not be able to fix the pothole until the water section fixed the water welling up from the hole.

After the leaking pipe had been repaired, the road has turned into “a concave little affair that one could fall into, says Tongue. He says that the hole, which has been topped up with gravel and soil, was not compacted properly. The municipality was not available for comment, and Tongue, along with many other motorists, is getting fed up. “You feel like bringing dirt from home and doing it yourself.”

Another pothole causing motorists frustration is in College Road. Several readers contacted The Witness on Sunday night to report the numerous damaged cars left standing on the side of the road. This pothole has fortunately, while waiting for repair, also been filled in with soil to make it less dangerous to motorists.

Are you a fed-up motorist? Send pictures of the worst potholes in your area to nicole.mccain@media24.com

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