State of Algoa Park road surface a thorny issue

2017-05-17 06:03
= The state of the Algoa Park intersection which is a thorn in the sides of residents. Photos: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

= The state of the Algoa Park intersection which is a thorn in the sides of residents. Photos: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

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TRAFFIC volumes have increased rapidly over the past years and the maintenance of busy roads in Algoa Park have not been kept up, leading to their deterioration.

These are the sentiments of Algoa Park resident Marcel Victor who is up in arms about the state of especially the St Leonard’s and Dyke Road intersection in this suburb.

“On September 15 last year I called the call centre of the municipality about the state of the crossing on the corner of St Leonard’s and Dyke Road.

“A part of the road disintegrated and the rest of the crossing has potholes. I also complained about the white centre lines in Dyke Road which have faded. There was no response,” said Victor.

He added that he had also sent a number of emails to various municipal officials regarding the issue and received no response.

“In my complaint I mentioned that the pothole in the centre of the crossing had been repaired previously, but since then caved in. The part which is especially bad is opposite the electricity substation at the Engen garage.”

A frustrated Victor said he had received reference numbers for his complaints but to date heard nothing from the municipality.

Upon a query from the PE Express, Nelson Mandela Bay Munipality’s spokesperson, Mthubanzi Mniki, said that Victor’s complaint was noted.

“The road will need resurfacing for which we do not have (the) budget in this financial year, ending in June. It is planned and budgeted for the next financial year,” Mniki said.

“However, work continues in other areas inclusive of the same ward to repair damaged roads as per this year’s financial planning and budgeting.”

Mniki added that road markings would be done by the end of this week, weather permitting.

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