Trucks cause thousands in road damage

2015-09-30 06:00
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Trucks continue to park on the sidewalk near the Hayfields Kwikspar causing major damage.

PHOTO: nqobile mtolo Trucks continue to park on the sidewalk near the Hayfields Kwikspar causing major damage.

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THE Msunduzi Municipality has spent over R90 000 to fix the sidewalk and road damaged by trucks near the Hayfields Kwikspar along New England Road.

For years Hayfields residents have complained about road blockages, road damage and noise caused by trucks which had established an illegal truck stop near the Kwikspar.

As a solution, Msunduzi’s manager for construction, Bheki Sosibo told the infrastructure services portfolio committee that they will put up concrete jersey barriers to prevent trucks from parking on the sidewalk.

This was a recommendation that still has to be passed by Exco and full council.

“We have received many complaints from the ward councillor and residents about trucks that are parking illegally on New England Road opposite Spar, hence these trucks are damaging our infrastructure and block other vehicles. This normally happens at night.

“As roads and transportation we have been repairing our infrastructure and I don’t know how many times we have done that. You repair the sidewalks today and by tomorrow they are damaged again.

“We have spent more than R90 000 in repairing our infrastructure in that section. As the department we are looking at putting up concrete jersey barriers along the strip of the road to block trucks,” said Sosibo.

Sosibo said that concrete barriers can only go so far to prevent trucks from parking illegally. He suggested that the municipal traffic department monitor the area to ensure that trucks abide by the rules of the road.

In December 2014 the municipality looked at establishing a temporary truck stop by the Hayfields Kwikspar. It has been reported that the truck stop construction will cost approximately R3 million.

Ward 27 councillor Sandra Lyne said that the residents are mostly concerned about the trucks being a danger to motorists, lack of visibility and road narrowed due to illegal parking. She said that the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the Msunduzi Municipality are still investigating the location of a temporary truck stop.

“The lack of adequate policing of the area is of major concern, particularly after hours. Although policing is being done it is not acting as a deterrent to the drivers of the illegally parked trucks,” she said

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