Paving projects back on track after delays

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Work on Duck Pond car park starts again

CAR(PARK) POOL: Recent rainfall saw water accumulating in the newly paved parking lot at the Port Alfred Duck Pond as a result of incorrect levels and inadequate drainage. Picture: JACOBUS GROVE
CAR(PARK) POOL: Recent rainfall saw water accumulating in the newly paved parking lot at the Port Alfred Duck Pond as a result of incorrect levels and inadequate drainage. Picture: JACOBUS GROVE

WORK is set to continue on two paving projects in Port Alfred following delays in the supply of materials and as a consequence of rain.

Residents noticed when work stopped in Wharf Street and the Port Alfred Duck Pond parking lot and posted their queries to Talk of the Town’s Facebook group. Also posted were photographs showing how water pooled in the Duck Pond parking lot during recent rainfall, as it was not level.

Municipal spokesman Cecil Mbolekwa said this would be taken into consideration. “There was initially a delay on the material, and the second delay was the rain and its consequential delays which [is why] we did not manage to continue with the work,” Mbolekwa said. He said work had resumed at the Duck Pond and would hopefully also resume in Wharf Street soon.

Another resident raised concerns that the contractor paving Wharf Street had started using thinner and perhaps inferior bricks in the second half of Wharf Street currently being worked on. He feared that the thinner bricks would not withstand the impact of traffic and would crack and crumble.

In response, Mbolekwa said: “The Wharf Street project is initiated and designed by the Department of Roads and Public Works. There is a consultant appointed to design and ensure that the quality of work is up to standard. “The contractor is using 60mm thick pavers, 35Mpa strength, as per specified design. If layer underneath the pavers is stable enough, there should be no problem of cracking and crumbling.”

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