Municipality declares war on PE potholes
07 October 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202020798
THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has launched a R11.5-million project that aims to fix all potholes across the city.
This comes after regular service delivery including roads maintenance work was disrupted as a result of COVID-19 regulations.
With the easing of lockdown regulations, the municipality is accelerating many projects that were put on hold in recent months as they were not declared as essential services under the pandemic.
Speaking during the launch in Zwide recently, Portfolio Head for Roads and Transport, Councillor Rosie Daaminds said, "We are today declaring a war on potholes.There were complaints when the lockdown started about potholes and we felt bad even though we knew that plans were in place to deal with the problem. We have started with the work and we are looking at finishing the work between two and three months. Once that is done, regular maintenance will take place.”
Daaminds said the municipality was using two larger contractors and 23 small contractors for the project.
“We are already busy in Ward 12. We will do Ward 32. Contractors are in Ward 38, 44, in Uitenhage, Motherwell, all over there are contractors because we listen when our residents are talking. During the higher levels of lockdown, we could not do much work. but we noticed the frustration of motorists.”
She said the budget would be increased to R15 million soon to ensure adequate roads maintenance across the city, while also working closely with the municipality’s Infrastructure and Engineering department that has hired companies to aggressively deal with water leaks that often contribute to potholes.
Ward 27 Councillor Zoliswa Dlula said she was pleased to see the project launched in her ward as Maya Street was the worst affected street in her ward. "Motorists will drive easily now and will not suffer any financial burden because of potholes,” she said.
Residents also welcomed the project. Khanyiswa Foster said, "We are very happy. As a resident who owns a car, I have really been badly affected by this. We even opted to take longer routes to get home because we were avoiding potholes on our street. We welcome this and hope regular maintenance will do done going forward.”
Daaminds said apart from fixing potholes, storm water drains would also be attended to, to make sure the water flows as summer rains were expected soon.