The Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality (EMLM) is set to spend R3.1m to repair the badly damaged Dahlia Street in Mlungisi at the Esigingqini intersection this week.
The 270m stretch of road will be paved and a bypass has already been created between Dahlia Street and Unifound to accommodate road users and to minimise congestion.
Newvale resident and road user Nokuzola Lusithi said it had been more than five years since the road had tar on it and this caused problems for taxi drivers, especially when it had rained.
“Taxis usually had to use an alternative route when it had rained due to the state it would be in, leaving people waiting for transport stranded on the other side. It is a great relief that it is finally being repaired because it was just rocks. Even walking on the road after the rain was an awful mess.”
EMLM spokesman Gcobani Msindwana said work was supposed to have started on Monday, but there was a delay caused by a low bed truck that had failed to arrive.
“The scope of work to be done includes upgrading of the stormwater drainage system. There will be construction in layers that include base and sub-base, plus the preparation of the bedding with building sand. We will also replace the damaged kerbs.”
Msindwana said 80mm interlocking paving bricks would be used and the local authority would use its own labourers to benefit from the project.
“Fourteen workers from wards 12 and 14 have been employed to work on this project that will run for two months. We also worked with two local businesses from which we bought the material.”
Msindwana urged road users to be patient during this period and warned against the stealing of material that is meant to benefit residents in the area.