Nasty pothole costing motorists

Ward councillor Peter Sutton at the pothole. Photo: Kristian Meijer.

A nasty pothole formed after the recent heavy rains is costing some motorists in Centurion thousands of rands.

The battle to have the hole on the corner of John Vorster Drive and Apple Turn in Highveld properly was continuing, ward councillor Peter Sutton said this week.

“The pothole is estimated to be one metre by one metre and about 30cm deep. I immediately reported it but it is yet to be properly repaired,” said Sutton.

“When it formed it immediately filled up with water. Motorists driving down John Vorster Road were oblivious to the danger, and in one day I got nearly 20 reports of cars that were damaged when they drove through it.”

Sutton said a woman suffered nearly R5000 damage to her car when she hit the hole.

The pothole has since been filled up with sand, but the temporary fix is quickly eroding.

When Rekord visited the site of the pothole, we found that a large portion of the sand was already worn away by cars driving over it.

Some motorists stopped in the middle of the road to drive around it.

The road around the pothole was also peppered with sharp broken pieces of tar, the remnants of where the road was.

Sutton said the temporary fix was unacceptable, and that no pothole should be filled up with sand.

“When repairing a pothole, there are two options, known as either a hot or cold fix,” he said.

“The cold fix is what has happened here. Sand has been thrown in and been manually compacted. If it rains the temporary fix will simply wash away. The hot fix involves filling up the pothole with tar, which is the correct way.”

The Tshwane metro is yet to comment.

Sutton advised motorists to be on the lookout for the pothole when travelling on John Vorster Drive.

Also read: 

Reporting potholes now a breeze

Potholes in Centurion wreak havoc

R55-road renovations completed

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