Poor drainage system causing traffic jam at Mahhala
THE poor drainage system at the Mahhala traffic circle in Matsapha continues to be a headache for motorists who are subjected to major traffic jams when it rains.
The traffic jam is so horrible that it starts as far as Lozitha heading to Matsapha and motorists endure a total standoff along the road owing to the drainage issue.
Drainage issues usually relate to standing or ponding water.
Other drainage issues can be the result of basement water or marshy soils.
The primary purpose of a road drainage system is to remove water from the road and its surroundings but there is obviously a fault with the drainage system at Matsapha.
On Tuesday evening, for instance, traffic came to a standstill along the Lozitha – Mahhala route due to the heavy traffic.
The heavy traffic was caused by the fact that traffic police officers had to close the road below the bridge due to the flooding.
One of the public transport operators interviewed at Mahhala said that when heavy rains hit the city, it becomes bad for business because the ponding water makes it difficult for them to offload customers on the side of the road where they usually stop to drop off passengers.
“There is a need for government to attend to this issue because it doesn’t only cause traffic jams but can trigger accidents.
The ponding water rises to a level that makes it difficult for vehicle’s mobility causing a standoff particularly under the bridge and we have been enduring this situation for a very long time with the hope that it will be attended to,” he said.
Newly appointed Minister of Public Works and Transport Chief Ndlaluhlaza said that as much as they had just been inducted, their obligation was to apply a pace that will see development implemented.
However, he referred questions to the ministry’s Principal Secretary Makhosini Mndawe who couldn’t be drawn for comment on the matter as his phone rang unanswered after several attempts to reach him.
DRYING UP: This road tunnel is always flooded when there is heavy rainfall around Matsapha which results in traffic jams.