Ne­glected street’s pot­hole ‘mine­field’

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PAUL AND JARED NI­COLL

‘‘It’s a busy and nar­row road with cars ei­ther side of it. A kid could run out and bloody trip over the pot­hole, all that sort of stuff.’’

For the best part of a year, driv­ing one of Porirua’s most ne­glected streets felt like nav­i­gat­ing a mine­field.

There were so many pot­holes in Hamp­shire St, Can­nons Creek, that res­i­dents said it was a dan­ger to driv­ers and chil­dren, and there was one par­tic­u­larly big one next to the old bowl­ing club.

Res­i­dents say they have been com­plain­ing to Porirua City Coun­cil for months, with­out suc­cess.

But within two days of Stuff ask­ing ques­tions and tak­ing pic­tures of the pot­holes, con­trac­tors filled them in – al­beit with­out seal­ing them.

Can­nons Creek res­i­dent Robin Wratt said it had taken al­most a year to get trac­tion on fill­ing in the street’s mul­ti­ple pot­holes, in­clud­ing the ‘‘bloody great big hole’’ in the pave­ment next to the for­mer Porirua City Bowl­ing Club.

The holes made the road dan­ger­ous, es­pe­cially dur­ing peak hours as teach­ers, par­ents and chil­dren went to and from the kinder­garten and school, he said.

‘‘It’s a busy and nar­row road with cars ei­ther side of it. A kid could run out and bloody trip over the pot­hole, all that sort of stuff.

‘‘Along the bowl­ing club’s fence line, there is a bloody great big hole in the ground. You can’t see where it goes. Peo­ple must be com­plain­ing about it, surely. It’s dan­ger­ous.

‘‘It prob­a­bly needs dig­ging up and re­lay­ing again, it’s pretty ob­vi­ous.’’

Stuff asked the coun­cil about the state of the road on Mon­day, and on Wed­nes­day Downer trucks were fill­ing in the holes.

‘‘When I saw it this morn­ing, I just thought jeep­ers, won­ders never cease,’’ Wratt said on Wed­nes­day.

‘‘It’s good news for the time be­ing, but it won’t last long. Plenty more rain and you know what? It’ll soften up.

‘‘But that’ll take time. They’ve been seen to be do­ing some­thing.’’

All con­cerns raised by res­i­dents with Porirua City Coun­cil are logged, and sent to road­ing con­trac­tor Downer with a re­quest for ser­vice.

Be­tween July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2017, the coun­cil re­ceived 247 in­quiries about pot­holes, and 3880 about Porirua’s roads.

Coun­cil chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Tam­sin Evans said pot­holes were caused by wa­ter get­ting un­der the road sur­face. Fol­low­ing an unusu­ally wet sum­mer and au­tumn, the ground had not dried out prop­erly.

‘‘The coun­cil and its road­ing con­trac­tor Downer are pulling out the stops to mend an in­crease in pot­holes that have arisen due to bad weather.

‘‘We apol­o­gise for the in­con- ve­nience these have caused, and we ap­pre­ci­ate Porirua peo­ple con­tact­ing us to let us know where the holes are oc­cur­ring. We are work­ing daily with Downer to re­pair them, start­ing with the most ur­gent.

‘‘Kenepuru Dr, Whit­ford Brown Ave, Ti­tahi Bay Rd and Hamp­shire St have been pri­ori­tised for re­pairs.

‘‘The con­tin­u­ing wet weather has also hin­dered our abil­ity to fix these holes be­cause, in some cases, we need two or three days of dry weather to com­plete the work prop­erly. Other­wise they are tem­po­rary re­pairs only.’’

PHO­TOS: ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF

Res­i­dents say Hamp­shire Street’s lumpy and bumpy sur­face is dan­ger­ous — and it took months of com­plaints to get any action.

Can­nons Creek res­i­dent Robin Wratt

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