‘Hole’ lot of swerving-problems

2015-10-29 16:06
The troads in Aston Bay are riddled with potholes, compromising the safety of road users. Aston Bay resident David Askew shows jhere ust how big one of the potholes in Dolphin Drive is.                                                 Photo: MONIQUE B

The troads in Aston Bay are riddled with potholes, compromising the safety of road users. Aston Bay resident David Askew shows jhere ust how big one of the potholes in Dolphin Drive is. Photo: MONIQUE B

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POTHOLES throughout Aston Bay are devouring vehicles one tyre at a time.

This comes as the roads in Aston Bay are riddled with potholes, compromising the safety of road users.

Notorious for having some of the worst potholes in the Kouga, driving on these roads are extremely difficult and require special swerving skills - not too much to the left or to the right or motorists will hit yet another pothole.

Following the recent rain, driving has become an even bigger challenge. Some roads developed crater-like potholes that are expanding by the day.

Residents, who use these roads on a daily basis, are becoming increasingly concerned about the number of potholes on the roads and raised their concerns about the condition of roads and the lack of maintenance.

“From extensive travel experience all over South Africa, I can state that Aston Bay’s roads are edging towards being some of the worse in South Africa,” says resident dr. Derek Askew “Our local municipality can do much better than this.

“Given that we are largely a holiday and tourist destination and derive much of our income through visitors, we really need to step up our game when it comes to road maintenance. People do not want to come to a place where you spend much of your driving time looking out for potholes, as opposed to just driving and enjoying the ride.”

According to Askew, the problem escalated over the past 30 months. “This year especially, has seen a serious deterioration in our roads. Not only have the potholes not been fixed, but when they are, they break-up within two to three months,” says Askew.

“This is not the kind of Aston Bay we want to live in.”

According to Kouga municipal spokesperson, Laura-Leigh Randall, the municipality is systematically resealing roads but the annual budget is not enough to do all the work in one go, so it is going to be on ongoing process. “The municipality is also trying to source funding from the provincial government to put towards road repairs, especially since roads such as Da Gama Road and St Francis Drive are actually their responsibility,” says Randall.

“Large sections of roads, for example on the beachfront and Jeffreys Street, have already been repaired. Aston Bay is also on the programme. The target date is to attend to Aston Bay by December at the latest.”

According to Randall, in the past the potholes were simply filled up with gravel and tar.

“These repairs did not last long, especially if it rained. Over the past few months the municipality has, however, been able to improve the quality of the repair work. For example, as can be seen in Da Gama Road, a square section of road is now first removed around the potholes and this square area then filled as a whole. This helps to keep the pothole closed for longer,” says Randall.

“A general challenge in Jeffreys Bay is that the roads do not have strong foundations. This would date back to when they were built. Added to this, road maintenance is costly, as a result, the municipality has not been able to reseal roads as often as would be ideal. This means that once there is a problem with the road, it’s difficult to stop that problem from spreading.”

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