Spot a pothole and help Msunduzi fix its roads

2010-01-26 00:00

HAVE you ever hit a pothole, swerved to avoid one or even been alarmed at the size of a huge pothole?

Now is your chance to do something about it. Why not help the municipality by reporting it so that something can be done?

Msunduzi municipal manager Rob Haswell says that once potholes have been reported in the council’s jurisdiction, they will be inspected within 24 hours.

Depending on where the potholes are, how severe they are and how dangerous they are to the public, they can be repaired within 48 hours, seven days or 14 days, said Haswell, “also depending on the weather”.

Haswell said that in inclement weather dangerous potholes will be made safe using temporary fill material and be repaired properly once weather conditions improve.

Eric Svensson, uMngeni Municipality’s general manager for technical services, said wet weather greatly increases the incidence of potholes.

“It is a fact that water in the cracks of surfaced roads is one of the major reasons for surface failures and/or base failures …”

Svensson explained that the water “settles between the surfacing and the foundation of the road or enters the foundation base of the road, resulting in a surface failure and base failure respectively”.

“It should also be noted that the lon­ger the period of continuous wet weather, the greater the impact on production levels due to lost time to repair potholes.”

Svensson said that although the municipality has a planned maintenance programme in place, it has been forced to work at weekends to make up for lost production as a result of this summer’s wet weather conditions.

If your area falls within the Msunduzi Municipality boundary, report potholes, drainage problems and road-related matters to 033 392 2047/59.

 

If under the uMngeni Municipality, contact the technical services department at 033 239 9245, or fax 033 330 2011, e-mail technical@umngeni.gov.za or fax 086 657 7318.

 

Keep us updated on your pothole reporting experiences by e-mailing nelly@witness.co.za or citywatch@witness.co.za.

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