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Sol leaves city motorists fuming

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The municipality lifted the brick surface of the road about two weeks ago, apparently to repair the cabling for the traffic lights at the intersection

The intersection of Lennox Street and Du Toitspan Road. Picture: Danie van der Lith

THE SOL Plaatje Municipality’s failure to replace the brick road surface at the intersection of Du Toitspan Road and Lennox Street has left city motorists fuming.

“The intersection, which is one of the busiest in the city – carrying all the heavy vehicles, has always been a dangerous one but now it has become even more so,” one motorist pointed out.

“Why can’t the municipality just finish the job? It is the same story throughout the town. The Sol Plaatje Municipality is notorious for digging things up and never finishing the job for months or even sometimes years.”

The municipality lifted the brick surface of the road about two weeks ago, apparently to repair the cabling for the traffic lights at the intersection.

Since then the piles of bricks have been left on the side of the road, while motorists have to negotiate the uneven road surface.

“The surface has also become unstable where the bricks were removed,” another motorist said. “As a result, you have to negotiate the intersection with great caution, resulting in oncoming traffic becoming impatient and taking chances and turning in front slow-moving vehicles. There are often accidents on this corner and it is now even more dangerous.

“It will literally take the municipality half a day at the most to relay the bricks and fix the road.”

Municipal spokesperson Sello Matsie said yesterday that the municipality was in the process of selecting a service provider to fix the road. He did not comment on why the repair work could not be undertaken by the municipality’s own employees.