‘Groovy’ road has residents infuriated

2018-04-11 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedA truck stuck in the mud and water on Peniel Road going up to the Quarry in Ashburton.

PHOTO: suppliedA truck stuck in the mud and water on Peniel Road going up to the Quarry in Ashburton.

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DEEP grooves and mudslides seem to be the only things present, on Peniel Mission Road leading up to the quarry in Ashburton, for the last three weeks after heavy rains washed over the bridge and road.

The road has become so problematic even 4x4 vehicles have to be towed out, sometimes on a daily basis.

“There is no bridge and road but only deep grooves from the mudslides,” said Fallen Angels Bird Sanctuary owner and resident of the area Donette Davis.

In a message addressed from Davis to local councillor Sandy Lyne, Davis states that she was asked by residents of the area to address the problem and intervene on behalf of them.

In the last year she has only seen one attempt to fix the problem and added that she did not think that it was the municipality who actually tried to attend to the problem.

“We want answers as to when we will be able to cross the river safely by vehicle or truck because by foot it is extremely dangerous,” said Davis.

Residents confirmed that the bridge in question, collapsed a few years ago which since then has not been fixed and that requests to fix the road have been ongoing for over a year now.

Ashburton ward councillor said that she’s had numerous complaints from residents and has since forwarded these complaints to the Municipal Roads Department who will contact the Provincial Department of Transport who are responsible for that road.

“I have asked that they do an on-site visit to assess the damage and find a short term solution,” said Lyne who added that last year an environmental impact assessment was done for a new causeway to built there. Municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha did not respond to queries submitted by the Maritzburg Fever.

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