Pothole plague in PMB

2019-01-11 15:40
A row of pot holes in Old Howick Road before they were repaired.

A row of pot holes in Old Howick Road before they were repaired. (Ian Carbutt)

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It’s the “city of potholes”.

Pietermaritzburg motorists are suffering with potholes, with many of them likened to “craters” in the road.

The Witness surveyed residents and found some that really raised their ire.

• Kitchener Road and Taunton Road in Clarendon, and also Roberts Road, which has a pothole that takes up most of one side of the road;

• Morcom Road and Brookby Crescent in Prestbury;

• A pothole at the corner of Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Road and Boom Street, which was filled but was exposed again after just one day;

• Town Bush Road, where one resident reported popping their tyre on a pothole; and

• Balhambra Way in Northdale

The recent rains have worsened the already deep potholes on several roads, with residents saying that recently filled potholes have now been exposed once again.

• Old Howick Road, just before World’s View Road, had four deep potholes in a row for some weeks. Since the road is narrow and flanked by bush, motorists could not  avoid them. Finally, by yesterday they had been filled in. However, a driver said the work on the potholes was not level and did not look as if it had been tamped down. He was sceptical that the problem had been solved.

The series of potholes on Old Howick Road was flagged by several residents, who feared a serious accident could happen there, since motorists trying to avoid the potholes either had to swerve onto the opposite lane or down a bank.

“Pietermaritzburg is one big pothole,” Sharlin Moodley said.

Jaiheen Singh said potholes in the northern areas looked like “mini swimming pools” or ponds.

Sbongiseni Shange said roads were so bad in Imbali unit 14 that he would prefer a gravel road.

“The whole city is full of potholes; we’d rather sell our cars and buy 4x4s,” said Duane Naidoo.

“There are so many on Oleander Road in Cleland that after many failed attempts at avoiding them, I just resort to driving on the grass,” said Travis McCabe.

DA caucus leader in Msunduzi, Sibongiseni Majola, criticised the City for failing to prioritise its budget on maintenance.

“It is not sufficient to respond to challenges, and potholes are one of the easiest things to fix,” he said.

“The municipality rather gives non-essential things a priority, like allocating councillors bodyguards.”

He added that another problem was workers who dug up roads to fix burst water pipes generally left the road damaged afterwards.

“The consequence of all this is that we have a city where motorists do not feel comfortable driving. How can we expect investment into the city without proper investment [by the municipality]?”

Msunduzi did not respond to a query sent this week.

The uMngeni Municipality did not respond to a query on the Old Howick Road potholes.

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