ASK THE MAYOR: Newcastle roads in desperate need of repair work

Another national sport - dodging potholes on our roads. Image by © Richard du Toit/Corbis

Q: I would like to bring to municipality attention the conditions of Newcastle roads particularly in CBD area, everywhere where the municipality dug the part of the road for some repair work, that portion of the road is not resurfaced properly resulting in unlevelled road (with sagging tar and potholes) that causes suspension damage to the cars. example (Murchison st, Kirkland st opp. value city) . municipality should repair damaged roads soon as possible. thank you.

Read: Rains to blame for potholes?

A: The Roads and Stormwater section within the technical services department has a team in place to deal with the challenge of potholes. The Roads Technicians identify the potholes and quantifies the material that needs to be sourced in order to repair the potholes.

Due to the heavy rains that have been experienced there is a higher than normal rate of development of potholes. Also given the challenge of the water infrastructure that is damaging the roads it has become necessary to augment the staff with external services providers in the short team to assist in the eradication of the backlogs. The target turnaround time once the pothole has been identified is five days, assuming there are no challenges with the plant for the supply of hot mix.

Road Resurfacing, the revised plan for resealing for the balance of the available budget will focus on mid-block parking (OK parking area, parking off Sutherland Street) and the streets that have been prioritised, namely, Albert Wessels and Hardwick Street. Five other intersection have also been identified for resealing. Other roads will be prioritised in the next financial year. Areas that require emergency attention will be attended to immediately.

Q: Mr Mayor will you please tell us what the procedure is to get someone 2 fix streetlights? we have phoned and no one answers at the dpt and then they don’t know who to put us in touch with honestly customer service at municipality need to be addressed.

A: Procedures for Reporting of Street lighting:

Street lighting is reported to the line used to report electrical faults. It has, however, come to my attention that there are challenges in accessing this line. I have directed, through the

office of the municipal manager, that the technical services department must offer the 0860 144 144 number as an alternative if customers are not able to get through to the electricity number.

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