Contractors to fix potholes in January

2015-10-22 06:00
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The pothole in Highland Avenue, Marburg.

PHOTO: candyce krishna The pothole in Highland Avenue, Marburg.

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IT is anticipated that contractors will be appointed to start pothole repairs by January 2016.

This is according to Simon April, spokesperson for Hibiscus Coast Municipality, who was responding to complaints the Fever received about potholes and the condition of the roads in certain areas on the lower South Coast.

Motorists say that potholes have been a chronic problem and they feel the municipality is not giving the problem the attention it deserves.

A motorist who frequents Crescent Street in Marburg said the road is in a terrible state and needs to be repaired.

“In my opinion it is one of the most frequently used roads in Marburg. Many use it to access the primary school and there are also many people who live in the area,” he said.

The road is bumpy and unlevel as motorists approach the traffic light, which joins Oscar Borchers Road.

“This is causing damage to vehicles,” he said.

Umtentweni residents have also complained about the potholes on Old St Faith’s Road.

“Commercial Road was given the attention it needed. We can only hope that the rest of the area gets the attention it deserves,” said a resident.

April said the municipality acknowledges the regress in terms of the pothole-repair programme.

“This can be attributed to the delays in the awarding of a pothole-repair contract due to objections by those who were not awarded the contracts.

“There have been high-level discussions on the issue by senior management on how to eliminate the repercussions of this unfortunate situation.”

He said there is a temporal measure that has been agreed upon up until objections are resolved.

“The municipality apologises to road users for this inconvenience.

“There is a plan though, to ensure that roads that need urgent attention are attended to as a matter of urgency,” he added

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