Approximately 2 150 potholes are currently being inspected and filled by teams from the Roads and Stormwater Department, residents are urged by the City to remain patient with temporary repairs until more favorable weather conditions allow for permanent solutions.

Pothole formation is common during winter, due to higher values of rain and age or condition for roads. The City’s Transport Information Centre has received an increasing number of reports related to potholes in various parts of the city as a result of the much needed yet severe rainstorms.

Roughly 2 150 potholes in areas across the city have been reported between 1 June and 9 July 2018. This is in comparison to last year around the same time when only 859 pothole complaint were logged. ”

When comparing the figures, we have to take into account that we have experienced more rain recently than we have in previous years,” said Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development.

Road repair teams are currently being dispatched to attend to the temporary repairs of potholes, part of these repairs include an inspection of the roads and logging them according to priority. The City has urged residents to keep in mind that due to practical reasons and seasonal conditions, temporary repairs will be done in the meantime until more favorable weather conditions allow for permanent repairs.

“Temporary repairs consist of filling the pothole with what is called a ‘coldmix’, while permanent repairs will entail cutting the existing road surface around the pothole, preparing the base course, applying tack coat and lastly filling the hole with hot remix,” Herron said.

Residents can report potholes to the Transport Information Centre on 080 065 6463. This is a 24/7 information centre and is toll free from a landline or a cell phone.

Alternatively, residents can email [email protected]

“Residents are reminded to please include their name, contact number and the location of the pothole. We want to thank our residents who have been reporting potholes. We appreciate your patience while our teams are attending to the increased volumes of reports that we have been receiving,” said Herron.

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