There are many important reasons to keep a well-maintained roads network. “It is vital to the transportation of goods and safe travel,” explained Knysna Municipal Manager Dr Sitembele Vatala. “Of course, it also makes for a pleasant driving experience for our residents and visitors.”
With barely four months of the current 2019/2020 financial year under the belt, the municipality has already made headway in this regard. “Our comprehensive maintenance programme ensures that the regravelling, blading and resurfacing of roads, as well as general road repairs and clearing of stormwater drains occurs during dedicated time slots across all wards,” said Vatala. “We are also starting with seasonal preparations within the second week of November.”
According to the Roads Maintenance Programme for 2019/2020, regravelling and blading took place during September and October in wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,7, 8 and 9. Roads in wards 9 and 10 were resurfaced during this period, while general road repairs took place in wards 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.
Roads will be regravelled in wards 1 and 10 during November, with blading taking place at the same time in wards 2 and 10. General road repairs will take place in ward 9 early in November, with roads being resurfaced in wards 1, 2 and 10 during November and December. Preparations for the season will start in wards 1, 2, 5, 9 and 10 mid-November and run through December.
“Stormwater drains were cleaned in wards 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11 during September and October,” Vatala said. “This will continue in wards 6, 10 and 11 during November.”
“This maintenance is essential to ensure that our town – and your cars – runs smoothly,” he concluded. “We are committed to creating an innovative, inspired and inclusive town with a well-maintained roads network. While we have a section of this programme blocked out with the specific aim of getting ready for the influx in seasonal traffic, we are also dedicated to provide our residents with exceptional infrastructure year-round.”