Motorists fed up at ‘craters’

2011-03-16 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG’S potholed roads are becoming a source of growing irritation for motorists who have to negotiate damaged road surfaces in most parts of the city on a daily basis.

Msunduzi Municipality says it has started fixing the potholes.

Motorists who spoke to The Witness yesterday said potholes have been a problem for years.

They encounter potholes on most of the city’s roads, they complained.

Some potholes are unavoidable.

In Bulwer Street potholes on both lanes have been left unattended for weeks.

At the junction of Woodhouse Road and Boshoff Street, a pothole that spans half the width of the road forces motorists to drive exceptionally slowly.

In areas such as KwaPata in greater Edendale area even the speed humps have potholes.

Motorists in the area said they are fed up and demanded that the municipality fix the potholes fast.

Vusi Shange said he thought township streets were neglected until he saw the potholes in suburbs and streets throughout the city.

“Our roads are terrible. It is as if something is eating away at them. They are becoming like gravel roads.”

He said most of the roads in KwaPata, Dambuza, Caluza, Edendale and Imbali not only need to have the potholes fixed, but also to be resurfaced.

Dan Padayachee of Allandale said, “It’s irritating to drive on certain roads.

“Our cars get damaged because everywhere there are potholes. The municipality seriously needs to do something about the problem.”

Amanda Donald of Woodlands said it takes the municipality weeks to fix potholes, even after they have been reported, and it should come up with a strategy to address the problem swiftly.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said a programme to fix potholes has already started and the municipality is speeding up the repairs.

“We have started in the CBD and we will be moving to other areas, including Imbali.

“There is a backlog in fixing potholes, but we are moving at a reasonable speed.”

He said the municipality has also started to fix gravel roads in the Vulindlela area and some roads in greater Edendale.

“We are fixing roads prioritised by ward councillors in these areas,” said Zuma.

He said motorists and residents can report potholes to the municipality by calling 033 392 2047 or 033 392 2059.

A reference number will be issued for every report or complaint, said Zuma.

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