During the past year (2015) the residents of Fairleads in Benoni have been left neglected by the Ekurhuleni Metro.
The roads in Fairleads are sand-sealed and expire every five years. As a result, these roads cannot be repaired by way of re-tarring the roads, but have to be reconstructed.
However, the Ekurhuleni Metro choose to patch the roads with tar rather than completely reconstructing the road. There is also no storm-water system in this area and as a result the temporary tar-patching washes away every time it rains.
Due to a lack of proper and continuous maintenance by the Ekurhuleni Roads Department, many of the residents can no longer safely drive to and from their homes due to the large amount of potholes. Several residents have also incurred damage to their vehicles due to the potholes.
“Pretoria Road is a main arterial road and we use this road to get our children to school. However, due to the damage in the road we are constantly late,” says Fairleads resident Michael Holmes.
I have been reporting this issue to the Ekurhuleni Roads Department since July 2014 and was informed today that the department have funds available to fix these roads.
However, a date have not been set for when reconstruction can begin and the department assured me that they will maintain the roads until the dates have been finalised.
I will continue to monitor the progress made by the Roads Department and put pressure on the department to start reconstruction as soon as possible.
Councillor: Ward 24, Benoni
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