Concern over deteriorating Maitlands road

2015-05-06 06:00
The deteriorating Maitlands road

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THE Maitlands Mouth road which has been collapsing for months has raised concern, with the DA councillor and PE residents saying it needs urgent reinforcement.

DA councillor Gustav Rautenbach said he had been troubled by the state of the road for some time and it could prove dangerous to motorists if the problem persisted.

During the Easter weekend, the busy road collapsed because of the deterioration.

The DA’s Shadow MEC for Roads and Public Works, Vicky Knoetze, said the road posed a serious danger to motorists as it continued to deteriorate.

Department of Roads and Public Works spokesperson, Mphumzi Zuzile, said the site had been handed over to the appointed contractor and the contractor was doing inspections in preparation for the programme.

Rautenbach said, however, that while the department might have fixed the collapse which occurred during the Easter weekend, more needed to be done to solve the problem of the decaying stretch in the area.

“I am very concerned that there will be dire consequences if this road is left in its current state. The problem arises because there is soil erosion in the Maitland stretch and the road needs constant maintenance, which the department has been unable to provide. What are they waiting for? Must someone die or the road collapse before anything is done?” he asked.

Rautenbach said he would ask Knoetze to raise the matter with the MEC, Thandiswa Marawu.

Zuzile said the road would be repaired after inspection had been finished. “We are also going to finalise a tender for a contractor in the area. As you know there are policies and processes which need to be followed when appointing a contractor. These all need time,” he said

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