Potholes to be fixed within 48 hours, says Mchunu

2013-06-03 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Department of Transport is launching a pothole eradication project that will see potholes fixed 48 hours after they have been reported.

The project is currently in the planning phase and was announced by the MEC Willies Mchunu during his 2013/14 budget speech on Friday.

“One of the challenges preventing the road network from fulfilling its core function is the high incidence of potholes in the province … We have now taken a decision that contractors would be appointed and would be on site to fill the pothole 48 hours after it had been reported,” said Mchunu.

Department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said there were 375 pothole cases with an estimated claim value of R3,2 million that the department was trying to solve, and there were 41 cases that the department was fighting.

He said in this financial year, the department had decided to invest more on road rehabilitation and maintenance than on building new projects.

He said about R665 million would be invested on rehabilitating the roads and around R3,3 billion would be invested in maintenance. “Almost 80% of our provincial roads have reached their lifespan of 25 years and are now in need of repairing, just fixing the potholes will not work.

“Most of our road networks have been damaged by age, by natural disasters, by overloaded trucks, so it is in need of repair,” he continued.

He said the department would also undertake a new project to rehabilitate roads in the townships. “These roads have apparently never been rehabilitated since they were constructed.”

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