Increasing number of potholes

Reported in the Potholes category anonymously at 19:15, Mon 12 February 2018

Sent to Auckland Transport 34 sec later.

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Haruru road, especially between Flat Top Quarry and Adams Road now has hundreds of potholes. The ones that have been here for a while are getting wider and deeper and new ones appear on a daily basis. The situation is now dangerous, particularly at night. The recent heavy rain has made things worse as the camber of the road is no longer effective and rain water now runs along the road rather than into the gutter at the sides causing troughs in the road. Car tyres then drive into these troughs and further damage the road. This can be seen clearly near the turn to Adams road. This is now so bad that as I drive my car at this point on the road the underside of my car hits the road. Also, the washout repairs near the quarry have not been completed. The roadworks signs are still in place and there are piles of rocks on the side of the road. The road is too narrow at this point so it has become one way, when will the work be completed here? There is a small wooden cross with flowers next to the road at this point. This normally means that there has been a fatal car crash, so it would appear that the time to avoid someone dying has passed. Please can this road be fixed before someone else dies? I have noticed many trucks on Haruru Road driving west to SH16 from the quarry, is this allowed? Surely this gravel road is not suitable for a fully laden truck to drive on? The amount of wear on a road is proportional to the 6th power of the weight on each axle. Put simply this means that doubling the weight on an axle increases the wear/damage by 32 times. Therefore, a 3 axle truck weighing 15 tonnes does 320 times more damage to the road than a 1 tonne car. The noise that the trucks make as they drive over the potholes, troughs and ruts along Haruru road is deafening. If I am in the garden as they drive past the house where I live I have to cover my ears because of the noise. These trucks are destroying the road. Haruru Rd is tar sealed from the quarry to the east. Either the road needs to be tar sealed to the west of the quarry or the trucks should only travel to the east. Either way, the road is now in a dangerous condition, please can this and the truck issue be addressed with some urgency. I notice that I am now the third person to report this problem. Please will you email me with the plans to resolve this asap, several of my neighbours also want to know about this.

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