JEDDAH – The mayoralty in Jeddah is using GPS devices to assist in the detection of potholes in the city’s streets.
The move comes less than 60 days before contracts for three projects to eliminate potholes are due to be awarded at an estimated cost of SR40 million. It is expected that the projects will take three years to complete.
Ibrahim Katabkhanah from the mayoralty said two SR15-million contracts will tackle potholes while a third SR10-million contract will address street depressions resulting from road works.
Katabkhanah said potholes resulted from the lack of a sewage network covering all districts.
The mayoralty set up a network to reduce the level of ground water which is blamed for many of the street network’s defects and has allocated a SR81 million in this year’s budget for further projects to address the situation.
“The problem will remain until the sewage network is completed,” Katabkhanah said. “The National Water Company expects that to happen in the next three to five years.” Katabkhanah noted that the mayoralty recently filled in over 65,000 street holes. – Okaz/SG