‘Pothole nightmare’ on Old Main Road

2016-11-15 06:00
 PHOTO: kalisha naicker Two potholes on Old Main Road in Hillcrest.

PHOTO: kalisha naicker Two potholes on Old Main Road in Hillcrest.

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ANGRY motorists, who use Old Main Road in Hillcrest, are calling on the authorities to address a damaged section of the road as it is becoming very dangerous.

Motorists claim the busy thoroughfare is riddled with potholes, and remains unrepaired.

"The situation regarding the road has reached a stage where unwanted vegetation is now growing in the gaping holes," said Hillcrest resident Sandra Nayager.

“We contacted the relevant departments on many occasions, but all complaints fall on deaf ears. We either are put on hold or speak to someone who has a no-care attitude and merely gives us a reference number.”

The motorist said that during peak hour traffic it becomes increasingly difficult to travel on the highway.

“Old Main Road is the main motorway to and from Hillcrest, and during peak hour, traffic is a nightmare,” she said. Motorists are forced to avoid potholes by swerving, endangering their lives and lives of others.

“It’s either we risk our lives, or damage our vehicle,” Nayager added.

Resident Michelle Marian said her rims had been scratched as she did not see the pothole after the heavy rains and drove straight into it.

“It was pouring on Wednesday and I could barely see the road let alone the potholes. As I drove onto Old Main Road from Inanda I heard a loud bang and I knew I had driven into a pothole and my rim had been damaged.

Marian said that motorists pay rates, taxes and toll fees to travel on these roads and said the municipality must ensure they do a good, permanent job when repairing them.

eThekwini head of communications, Tozi Mthethwa said: “As a caring city, eThekwini Municipality has a dedicated team of staff members who strive to provide superior service to all city residents. Service delivery remains our key priority.

“The relevant unit has been tasked to attend to the matter urgently.

“All eThekwini roads are maintained on a continuous basis. eThekwini Municipality repairs approximately 250 potholes every week. It has also been noted that recently the number of reported potholes has decreased to 130 a week. This signifies the improvements that have been made in ensuring that our roads are well maintained always.

“Following several severe rainstorms in the area, measures have been put in place to improve on the turnaround time for the repair of potholes. A works management system and the Associated Inspection Protocol has also been implemented.

“With that being said, eThekwini Municipality encourages residents and motorists to continue reporting potholes on the municipal road network to a 24-hour toll-free call centre on 0801 313 013 or alternately email Eservices@durban.gov.za

“All calls received are referenced. Every effort is made to respond to complaints related to potholes and trenches in the road within 24 hours to enable the situation to be assessed and to ensure the road is made safe where necessary,” she said.

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