Mooi River Road nightmare…who cares?

2018-05-23 06:02
A minefield of potholes, buckled tar and overgrown verges on Mooi River Road.

A minefield of potholes, buckled tar and overgrown verges on Mooi River Road.

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A FEW years ago Mooi River road users had the hazardous and frustrating “groot gat” to contend with, now the first four kilometres as far as Cordwall School are a minefield of potholes, buckled tar and overgrown verges making this section of road a dangerous nightmare to negotiate.

The inherent danger of this badly degraded section of road lies in the fact that the lives of many children are at risk daily as they travel to and from school.

The deeply eroded potholes result in vehicles weaving, slalom style, onto the wrong side of the road in an effort to avoid damaging a tyre.

Most of these pothole avoidance tactics occur where there is a blind corner and long grass obscures visibility of what oncoming vehicles may be approaching.

This reporter has counted 15 potholes in a one-kilometre stretch, one pothole in particular stretches across right across the Greytown bound lane.

Vehicles of all descriptions, from passenger-filled taxis to laden timber trucks, have been witnessed crossing into the opposite lane to avoid the potholes.

It is a terrifying experience to encounter a fully laden timber haulage vehiclle bearing down, on the wrong side of the road as the driver attempts to avoid the potholes in his path.

Within the past few days, a token effort has been made to fill in some of the craters using what appears to be a mixture of soil and loose gravel.

Rain experienced during the past week combined with daily traffic has already caused this ineffective mixture to begin eroding out and the holes re-opening.

Other sections of the Mooi River Road have received thorough attention having been excavated, correct substrate laid then properly resurfaced whereas other sections merely receive an ineffective, perennial “patch-job”.

This section of road is a potential death trap, one that begs the question: “Will the authorities wait until there is a tragedy, very possibly involving school children, before anything is done to repair this section of road effectively?”

The practice of paying for funerals to “comfort” bereft families, photos of dignitaries taken with the grieving survivors or victims and the pronouncement of grandiose utterances stating empty measures to curb South Africa’s shameful road death toll makes a mockery of the meaning and value of life.

Neither money nor words can redeem a life senselessly lost because authorities don’t care and no one is held accountable for shoddy workmanship.


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