Report potholes as rainy season approaches

2019-04-23 06:00

With the upcoming winter season ahead, residents have been advised to inform the City of Cape Town about potholes in their areas.

According to a statement released by the City, “The formation of potholes during winter is a common occurrence as it is directly related to the heavy rainfalls and the age, or condition of the roads.

“To this end, the City’s road repair teams are out and about doing visual inspections, fixing potholes and undertaking general maintenance across the city in preparation for the rainy season,

The City’s Roads Department has a rehabilitation and reseal programme which is implemented within each district according to priority and available resources.

Otherwise, potholes are repaired on an ad hoc basis, as they occur and when residents report these to the City.

Mayco member for transport Felicity Purchase said there are 47 teams from 20 depots that are responsible for repairing potholes.

“In 80% of the cases we are fixing a pothole within 72 hours of it being reported to the department. The teams repair on average 12 200 potholes across the city every month.

“Although the presence of water is the primary cause of potholes, their formation differs somewhat depending on the existing roads pavement composition.

“Potholes can also result from non-structural causes such as diesel spillages, vehicle accidents, fires, and poor road drainage over certain subgrades.”

Purchase explained when it rains and the water accumulates on the road, tyres from the vehicles actually squeeze the water into the road pavement layer.

“The repeated pump action between the road surface and the tyres of the vehicles causes the road to crack.

“Water gets through the cracks and weakens the pavement layer, which in turn leads to more cracking and eventually a pothole forms.”

“Residents are reminded to please include their name, contact number and the location of the pothole.

“The exact location is very important because this will save us time in finding the pothole and to do the repairs as soon as we can. We want to thank our residents who have been reporting potholes.

“We appreciate your patience while our teams are attending to the increased volumes of reports that we have been receiving,” said Purchase.Residents can report potholes to the Transport Information Centre on 080 065 6463 or alternatively email Transport.Info@capetown.gov.za. This is a 24/7 information centre and is toll-free from a landline or a cell phone.

With the upcoming winter season ahead, residents have been advised to inform the City of Cape Town about potholes in their areas.

According to a statement released by the City, “The formation of potholes during winter is a common occurrence as it is directly related to the heavy rainfalls and the age, or condition of the roads.

“To this end, the City’s road repair teams are out and about doing visual inspections, fixing potholes and undertaking general maintenance across the city in preparation for the rainy season,

The City’s Roads Department has a rehabilitation and reseal programme which is implemented within each district according to priority and available resources.

Otherwise, potholes are repaired on an ad hoc basis, as they occur and when residents report these to the City.

Mayco member for transport Felicity Purchase said there are 47 teams from 20 depots that are responsible for repairing potholes.

“In 80% of the cases we are fixing a pothole within 72 hours of it being reported to the department. The teams repair on average 12 200 potholes across the city every month.

“Although the presence of water is the primary cause of potholes, their formation differs somewhat depending on the existing roads pavement composition...

“Residents are reminded to please include their name, contact number and the location of the pothole. The exact location is very important because this will save us time in finding the pothole and to do the repairs as soon as we can. We want to thank our residents who have been reporting potholes.

“We appreciate your patience while our teams are attending to the increased volumes of reports that we have been receiving,” said Purchase.Residents can report potholes to the Transport Information Centre on 080 065 6463 or alternatively email Transport.Info@capetown.gov.za.

With the upcoming winter season ahead, residents have been advised to inform the City of Cape Town about potholes in their areas.

According to a statement released by the City, “The formation of potholes during winter is a common occurrence as it is directly related to the heavy rainfalls and the age, or condition of the roads.

“To this end, the City’s road repair teams are out and about doing visual inspections, fixing potholes and undertaking general maintenance across the city in preparation for the rainy season,

The City’s Roads Department has a rehabilitation and reseal programme which is implemented within each district according to priority and available resources.

Otherwise, potholes are repaired on an ad hoc basis, as they occur and when residents report these to the City.

Mayco member for transport Felicity Purchase said there are 47 teams from 20 depots that are responsible for repairing potholes.

“In 80% of the cases we are fixing a pothole within 72 hours of it being reported to the department. The teams repair on average 12 200 potholes across the city every month.

“Although the presence of water is the primary cause of potholes, their formation differs somewhat depending on the existing roads pavement composition.

“Potholes can also result from non-structural causes such as diesel spillages, vehicle accidents, fires, and poor road drainage over certain subgrades.”

Purchase explained when it rains and the water accumulates on the road, tyres from the vehicles actually squeeze the water into the road pavement layer.

“The repeated pump action between the road surface and the tyres of the vehicles causes the road to crack.

“Water gets through the cracks and weakens the pavement layer, which in turn leads to more cracking and eventually a pothole forms.”

“Residents are reminded to please include their name, contact number and the location of the pothole. The exact location is very important because this will save us time in finding the pothole and to do the repairs as soon as we can. We want to thank our residents who have been reporting potholes.

“We appreciate your patience while our teams are attending to the increased volumes of reports that we have been receiving,” said Purchase.Residents can report potholes to the Transport Information Centre on 080 065 6463 or alternatively email Transport.Info@capetown.gov.za. This is a 24/7 information centre and is toll-free from a landline or a cell phone.

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