Elardus Park street now dangerous

Justus de Goede and Rita Aucamp. Photo: Mari Rheeder.

Boeing Street in Elardus Park, east of Pretoria, has become a major concern for road users and residents.

Ward 47 councillor Rita Aucamp said she had been struggling for years to get the road in a better condition.

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The road was unevenly paved, its shoulder was deteriorating and the surface was riddled with potholes.

Aucamp said one half of the road was a provincial one, with the other part being the responsibility of the Tshwane metro.

“We repair the potholes as they come, but the province does not to their part,” said Aucamp.

The road was now becoming a risk and danger for road users.

“This is a very bad situation, to repair only potholes wont help any longer. The road would need to be redone completely.”

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Aucamp handed a petition on the matter this week to the DA’s transport spokesperson in the Gauteng legislature, Justus de Goede.

De Goede said the petition with its 1200 signatures would now be submitted to the petition committee.

“A public meeting will be held to discuss the road,” said De Goede.

He said that questions about the road were conveyed to the MMC.

“He will need to answer to these questions.”

He said if this road and its upkeep did not appear on the books for the new financial year, the MMC would have some explaining to do.

“It costs about R25 million a kilometre to redo a road like this one,” said De Goede.

Metro spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said residents could report potholes to: Pothole@tshwane.gov.za or Jefrey.Mabelane@gauteng.gov.za.

Mashigo said many roads in a bad condition had reached the end of their life span.

“The recommendation is that the road be patched intensively (with a bitumen base) and sealed with a rubber bitumen seal to prevent water penetration on the patch joints.”

Mashigo said, upkeep or maintenance would be continuously done where possible.

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