Holes created on East Coast embankment bridges to change steel plates have not been refilled
The Ministry of Public Works or some other contractor has been changing defective steel plates on the East Coast embankment road bridges. Where they found that the steel plates are rotten they would dig out the asphalt, take out the plates and replace them with new plates. In some instances they would change about 3 plates on one bridge. After changing the plates they would leave the square holes rather than covering the holes with bitumen. Vehicles travelling on the bridges would have to avoid the holes or drop into them and damage their vehicles.
With the two-way traffic it is not easy to avoid dropping into these holes. The solution to the problem is to refill the holes as soon as the old steel has been replaced, and have the roller level it at the same time. Minibus drivers are complaining about it. You should visit the Vryheid’s Lust to BV area and take pictures of the open holes on the bridges and do a story on it.