MISSING: This pothole that has been left for so long it is now 300m of gravel. Picture: ELFAS TORERAI
Motorists travelling between Coligny and Klerksdorp are growing impatient with the department of public works’ inaction on a pothole that has snowballed into a gravel patch stretching more than 300m on the tarred road linking the two towns.
Two large warning signs show that road maintenance authorities are aware of this unusual phenomenon on the road.
Each time a car drives over the patch at speed, a cloud of dust forms behind it, hampering vision for other motorists.
Motorist Gareth van der Merwe, said he used the road frequently and freaked out each time he reached the patch.
“Having this big pothole is something baffling. I really wonder what they want to turn this road into. Urgent action is needed before people lose their lives here,” he said. Another motorist, Tshepo Mayisela, said: “When you see a big sign warning of potholes, take it serious especially when you are in the North West. This is typical of what roads in the province have become and one is left with more questions than answers on road construction monitoring.”
Other road users said the situation became more desperate when it rained.
“The whole stretch becomes sticky and slippery and one has to be extra careful when driving here. This area is waterlogged and during heavy downpours, surface water will flow across the road as well,” said a local woman who requested anonymity.
The department of public works said measures were under way to properly work on the affected area.
Department spokesperson Matshube Mfoloe said: “There is a 300m patch which requires proper patching because the road base is giving in. As a precaution, we have put up warning signs to advise road users to drive with extreme caution in that section of the road, more so the gravel we used to temporarily compact the area can cause dust which can obstruct road users travelling at high speed.”
Mfoloe added that full attention would be paid to the section in the first quarter of the new financial year.