A contractor working on Sastri Park says work to fix dislodging stones on the residential road is underway.
This comes after Ward 51 councillor Maggie Johnson was inundated with complaints from irate residents about the state of the road which is undergoing refurbishment.
Residents raised grievances about dislodging stones, causing cracks on their windscreens, chips in the paint work and clogging of storm water manholes. Tamara Rajkoomar said the road had gone from bad to worse.
“The loose stones on the road make driving on the road a nightmare. Our vehicles are getting damaged,” she said. The road is one of many in Phoenix that are currently undergoing rehabilitation by the eThekwini Municipality.
According to a consulting engineer, Evasen Govindasamy, the scope of work on the road includes pre-treatment of existing defects to preserve layers underneath.
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He said they are utilising the chip and spray resurfacing method, which is a sprayed application of bituminous binder followed by a layer of stone chipping and a second application of bituminous binder.
“The challenges that we encountered was the existing condition of the road, shade and heavy traffic,” said Govindasamy.
The contractor, Cola’s South African’s Jadache Ramsara apologised for any inconvenience caused to motorists by loose stones. However, he raised that another challenge they faced was the theft of metal road warning signage.
“We do not dispute that there are loose stones on the road but if motorists could drive with caution and abide to the road construction signage, they would not be having these issues,” he said.
To support his statement, Ramsara said he encountered motorists and taxi drivers driving at high speeds, despite noting the roadwork taking place.
Ramsara said they have begun sweeping and fixing the affected road. “People need to understand and bear with us that we have limited resources. We also want to assure residents that the Road Division will come and inspect the completion of the work and only once that is done, the contractor will be paid,” he said.