Public unhappy with ‘unfinished’ roadworks

2017-08-23 06:00
Boshoff Road has been without any road markings for more than a month. PHOTO: LETHIWE MAKHANYA

Boshoff Road has been without any road markings for more than a month. PHOTO: LETHIWE MAKHANYA

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THE Msunduzi Municipality has been conducting roadworks in certain areas in the Pietermaritzburg CBD and Scottsville, but the public are unhappy because they have not been finished.

Some were done in Boshoff Road, Commercial Road in CBD and Alan Paton Drive in Scottsville.

The public says the municipality started the roadworks two months ago, but the incomplete has resulted in the roads being hazardous.

Mlekeleli Ndlovu, who uses Commercial Road every day getting to and from work, said Commercial Road going to Scottsville is bad.

“We appreciate that the municipality is doing something good for us, however, they must make sure they finish one road before moving to the next one.

“Now all these road have no road markings - you can’t tell how many lanes the road has.

“This is dangerous because there are people not from Pietermaritzburg who don’t know anything about these roads. The municipality needs to do something before something bad happen,” he said.

One driver, who works at a driving school, but who wants to remain anonymous, said the unfinished roadworks have become problematic.

“If you are teaching someone to drive, he or she should be able to see the road signs and lines and obey them, but when the road is like this it is difficult.

“What is worrying is that most of the driving schools use these roads.

“How can you teach someone on a road like this - it will cause accidents, they need to be sorted out soon,” he said.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha, said the city is doing everything in its powers to ensure that citizens are not inconvenienced with the roadworks.

“The contractors on site are working around the clock to ensure minimum road closures and inconvenience.

“We can confirm that Alan Paton has been marked and the team is continuing with road markings in other parts of the city.

“We therefore appeal to the community to please exercise patience while this work is being done and assure citizens that the team is doing everything it can to conclude this work as painlessly as possible,” she said.

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