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 Post subject: Re: S33 Vutomi Road.
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:17 pm 
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Do they need grading Gilbert?

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 Post subject: Re: S33 Vutomi Road.
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We hope Vutomi road open for mid August... :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: S33 Vutomi Road.
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:32 am 
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Graham_5000 wrote:
Do they need grading Gilbert?



S126
S140
S36
S106
S127
S125
S126
S39
S40
S100
H2-2

All Shockers, but some not too bad.

Actually don't think there is one road that didn't have corrugations that I drove on this holiday.
The above all had corrugations and bush encroachment.
Never seen the roads that bad.
Sad as the good rains should have afforded them the opportunity to grade out the corrugations.
Not to add that the S106 is like a highway, with all the staff busses and taxis, and everyone does 50Km+ on the road.

Eventually both my bumpers came loose, window winder mechanism rattled apart, my boot sounds like a bag of bolts and 1 tyre damaged.

Some places are so bad, I was driving less than 10 km at times as the car was just bouncing all over the place.

Added a lovely 5K to my holiday expenses.


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 Post subject: Re: S33 Vutomi Road.
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That sounds awful! Hope they act on your list of roads. I wondered last August how they could claim the S roads were sedan friendly, as I also remember bouncing all over the place in a Polo at 10kms and hour!

The S36 and S39 were roads I was hoping to drive too :(

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 Post subject: Re: S33 Vutomi Road.
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S39 is ok'ish........

corrugations are smaller, but it is a beautiful drive.


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 Post subject: Re: S33 Vutomi Road.
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Thanks - I'll risk it! Do the graders work constantly? Last year was really bumpy!

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 Post subject: Re: S33 Vutomi Road.
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Elsa wrote:
Drove past the road today and can confirm it looks as if it's about to reopen as there was a grader parked there and the road itself was newly done and looking good.


Can they grade roads in the winter?

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 Post subject: Re: S33 Vutomi Road.
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you can, but you need wet roads to affectively grade the corrugations.


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 Post subject: Re: S33 Vutomi Road.
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I think in the case of the S33 it was more a case of clearing the road as it had become very overgrown due to the long closure.

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 Post subject: Re: S33 Vutomi Road.
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Elsa wrote:
I think in the case of the S33 it was more a case of clearing the road as it had become very overgrown due to the long closure.


No that our holiday is coming closer and closer :thumbs_up: I would like to know if anyone from Sanparks can tell anything about the S33, the Vutomiroad. By now it is almost 18 months!! that this beautifull road is (but also the S34!!) closed :evil:
I hope Joep or Lesego can tell if this road is closed forever......?? I think it is remarkable that 2 roads in such a rather small area (S33 and S34!!) are stil closed for such a very very long time..... I hope some one from Sanparks can explain what is 'the problem' with those 2 roads.

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 Post subject: Re: S33 Vutomi Road.
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Found this post, not sure if this is still the correct date or not?

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I emailed SANParks about the S33 and S34. The S34 work is scheduled to be completed by 14/06/2013, and the S33 by 31/08/2013.


Last update of 2nd July indicted the S34 still not open but as I said before, there was work being done on the S33 almost a month ago now so will keep fingers crossed it opens in time for your trip Ruud. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: S33 Vutomi Road.
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I was just wondering, why don't they use a farm implement, what we call a 'skottel eg'? It looks like a skottel that is use for the braai at the picnic sites. It normally has 4 rows of skottels, with the front row at a 30 degree angle to the right and the second row 30 degrees to the left with the other rows the same. It will cut trough, and break up any corrugations, even in winter.

Just a thought from a former plaas boytjie.

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 Post subject: Re: S33 Vutomi Road.
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Rooies wrote:
I was just wondering, why don't they use a farm implement, what we call a 'skottel eg'? It looks like a skottel that is use for the braai at the picnic sites. It normally has 4 rows of skottels, with the front row at a 30 degree angle to the right and the second row 30 degrees to the left with the other rows the same. It will cut trough, and break up any corrugations, even in winter.

Just a thought from a former plaas boytjie.


Great idea - I'm sure there is a way to keep the roads level in winter.

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Found this post, not sure if this is still the correct date or not?

Graham_5000 wrote:
I emailed SANParks about the S33 and S34. The S34 work is scheduled to be completed by 14/06/2013, and the S33 by 31/08/2013.


Last update of 2nd July indicted the S34 still not open but as I said before, there was work being done on the S33 almost a month ago now so will keep fingers crossed it opens in time for your trip Ruud. :thumbs_up:


Yeah they sent me that update back in May so I'm guessing they are behind, unless the S34 is now open?

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 Post subject: Re: S33 Vutomi Road.
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Rooies wrote:
I was just wondering, why don't they use a farm implement, what we call a 'skottel eg'? It looks like a skottel that is use for the braai at the picnic sites. It normally has 4 rows of skottels, with the front row at a 30 degree angle to the right and the second row 30 degrees to the left with the other rows the same. It will cut trough, and break up any corrugations, even in winter.

Just a thought from a former plaas boytjie.


Not really a good idea Rooies . The gravel roads are constructed by laying down layers of material and compacted . This is called the basecourse and you certainly do not want to plough it up . It is shaped and profiled specifically to allow for water run-off and drainage , etc . Vehicle traffic over it unfortunately does cause corrugations and rain-water also damages it , and as such it regularly needs to be re-graded not only to smooth out the bumps , ridges and channels , but also to scrape back displaced gravel and sand that had been moved and blown to the sides of the roads .

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 Post subject: Re: S33 Vutomi Road.
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Rooies wrote:
I was just wondering, why don't they use a farm implement, what we call a 'skottel eg'? It looks like a skottel that is use for the braai at the picnic sites. It normally has 4 rows of skottels, with the front row at a 30 degree angle to the right and the second row 30 degrees to the left with the other rows the same. It will cut trough, and break up any corrugations, even in winter.

Just a thought from a former plaas boytjie.


Not really a good idea Rooies . The gravel roads are constructed by laying down layers of material and compacted . This is called the basecourse and you certainly do not want to plough it up . It is shaped and profiled specifically to allow for water run-off and drainage , etc . Vehicle traffic over it unfortunately does cause corrugations and rain-water also damages it , and as such it regularly needs to be re-graded not only to smooth out the bumps , ridges and channels , but also to scrape back displaced gravel and sand that had been moved and blown to the sides of the roads .



Ok fair enough - did not know that myself.

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