Rehabilitation for deteriorated road

2016-02-18 06:00
Photo: supplied A huge pothole which formed on the road recently causing damage to a motorist’s car.

Photo: supplied A huge pothole which formed on the road recently causing damage to a motorist’s car.

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THE deteriorated stretch of the R102 between Fairbreeze and Burbreeze in Tongaat is set to undergo rehabilitation in a week according to the KZN Department of Transport.

The road has become a safety hazard according to motorists who frequently use the road as means to commute in and through the area.

Motorists also say the road has cost them thousands of rand in damages to their vehicles.

Recently, Fairbreeze resident Mrs Osman was left infuriated as a huge pothole which has formed on the road damaged her vehicle.

“The road is very bad and there are so many potholes,” said Osman. “Two of my tyres were damaged and I had to drive slowly to the tyre shop. You can’t see how bad the road is when it rains and it’s dangerous.”

Osman who has been living in Fairbreeze for several years complained that the road has seen little repairs and the deterioration has become so bad that in order to avoid damage to vehicles, motorists drive onto the opposite lanes.

“It’s time something gets done about it because it’s dangerous for people to drive on the road. You can lose control,” said Osman.

KZN Department of Transport spokesperson Nomfundo Zulu said the road has been investigated by the KwaZulu- Natal Department of Transport (KZNDOT) and is in need of rehabilitation due to the high degree and extent of base failures, crocodile cracking, and pumping and geological slip circles located along the route.

“A contractor is appointed who will be carrying out the slip remediation and thereafter the rehabilitation of the carriageway which will include deep in-situ recycling followed by the paving of a new asphalt base and surfacing,” said Zulu.

“The contractor is schedule to commence with the rehabilitation works on 22 February 2016.”

Zulu said all future issues with roads overseen by the KZNDOT must be reported to the KZNDOT Metro Cost Centre on 031 469 8900.

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