Sinkhole chaos in CBD

2014-08-13 00:00

TRAFFIC was backed up for hours after a water pipe burst, causing a massive sink hole on one of Pinetown’s main roads.

Municipal workers arrived on one side of Crompton Road outside the Stoneage yesterday morning to fix the four-metre long sinkhole, which was about a metre and a half deep. The problem started on Monday at about 10 am.

“It should take nine to 10 hours to fix the burst pipe and mend the road,” said a municipal officer on site.

Paul Sidaway, manager of Tyremart on this road, said traffic was particularly bad in the afternoons. “This is however minor compared to the potholes and construction happening all over Pinetown; I even take a longer route home to avoid traffic,” said Sidaway.

But there has been a lot of congestion on the road now that the sinkhole is there, he added.

Across the road at Stoneage Home Centre an employee said they burst pipe left them without water.

“The water soon came back, but the real problem is traffic,” she said.

Pinetown Bolt manager Poovan Naidoo said that getting home to Chatsworth was a nightmare.

“It takes me 45 minutes to get out of Pinetown with all the construction and other potholes.

“Yesterday it took me 10 minutes just to try and get into the flow of traffic,” he added.

Naidoo said none of his customers complained. “This is due to the fact that traffic only starts at 4.30 pm, it can be very frustrating,” said Naidoo.

Manager at Atlas Scrap Harry Hallea said: “Other than the fact that traffic was extremely heavy, I did not have much of my customers complaining and this really has not affected my business.”

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