Daily vehicle damage caused by poor roads in Bushbuckridge
These days our roads are full of potholes, a pothole is a structural failure in an asphalt pavement caused by the presence of water in the underlying soil structure and the presence of traffic passing over the affected area. Introduction of water to the underlying soil structure first weakens the supporting soil. Traffic then fatigues and breaks the poorly supported asphalt surface in the affected area. Continued traffic action ejects both asphalt and the underlying soil material to create a hole in the pavement.
The Bushbuckridge news team walked around the area of Bushbuckridge looking for affected areas and we ask them what they think about their roads. Speaking to one of the residence Mr Mike Nhlovu who owns a car said some the roads in Bushbuckridge are bad especially during rainy seasons you would found out that the rain has damaged the road, and when the road is damage you have to find another way. He feather more said we have so many potholes around and they’re the ones which play a role in the high rate of road accidents in the country.
Speaking to one lady Miss Tsolofelo Malumane said that the government must adopt a holistic approach that underscores the need for a road system that guarantees safety, livability and a sense of community. Miss Tsolofelo said school children routinely have to cross dangerous roads to get to school. Drivers have to dodge potholes with regularity and spent a lot of money on alignment and other damage to their vehicles caused by potholes.
Today the main arteries of our road network are poorly maintained with so many potholes in our area, roads are everywhere providing virtually total connectivity and offering wide and flexible choices for many users. Business and commercial travel, social activity, fright transport and private cars all use the same road network.
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