Residents sick of potholes and speeding

The nearly 30cm deep pothole on the corner of Haywood andKendal roads in Crawford was fixed.

Crawford residents say they are fed up with potholes and speeding in their neighbourhood.

Yusuf Mohamed says he found a nearly 30cm-deep pothole on the corner of Haywood and Kendal roads while driving his daughter to school on Wednesday November 11.

The pothole was fixed a few hours after he alerted ward councillor Mark Kleinschmidt, but Mr Mohamed said many more potholes in the area needed attention.

“They do appear suddenly, but they are hazardous to road users – they can cause huge accidents.”

He also complained that his wife was suffering from whiplash after her car had been hit by a motorist who had jumped a stop street at the corner of Camberwell and St Kilda roads. The motorist, who had been transporting three women, had been unable to produce an ID or a driver’s licence, he said.

“If my wife had been a second earlier, the driver would’ve crashed into her door and she would’ve been in hospital. Speeding in Crawford and lawlessness is becoming a real issue in the area, my wife could’ve been seriously hurt,” he said.

Residents had called for the City to install traffic-calming measures in Crawford to combat speeding in the area, he said.

Peak-hour traffic congestion in Kromboom Road was also a headache for residents.

Mr Kleinschmidt said some roads in the area had been earmarked for traffic-calming measures.

“Every traffic-calming application works on merit. We have to check how many accidents have occurred there and what the best measure would be.”

More potholes would be fixed in the area as the ward budget allowed, he added.

However, Felicity Purchase, mayoral committee member for transport, said traffic-calming measures were not needed in Crawford because the area met none of the requirements for them.

Areas with schools, accident hot spots and public facilities with lots of pedestrian traffic took priority for traffic-calming measures, she said.

“No notable schools or such facilities were identified along the length of Clive Road, between the two railway stations,” she said.

And traffic-calming wasn’t appropriate for Kromboom Road because it was both an emergency route and a public-transport arterial where mobility needed to be maintained.

“The appropriate means of regulating drivers’ speeds along arterials is by effective law enforcement,” she said.