R515m to be spent on fixing Jozi roads

07 August 2015 - 02:09 By Shenaaz Jamal

A large chunk of the Johannesburg Road Agency's (JRA) budget is to be spent on the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Johannesburg's roads. About R515-million of the agency's R1.4-billion budget will be spent on road rehabilitation and reconstruction."We are looking at a long- term way of dealing with deteriorating road infrastructure."By resurfacing roads and reconstructing them we see fewer potholes," said JRA spokesman Bertha Scheepers.She said the JRA had introduced a structured approach to road management that prioritises the preservation of infrastructure, ensuring it is maintained in good condition, and preventing further deterioration.Some major routes scheduled for a facelift are Mpumelelo Street and Wimbledon Road in Bertrams, Columbine Avenue and Bezuidenhout Street, Capricorn Drive and Bryntirrold Drive, and JB Marks Street and Riverside Road. In the 2014/2015 financial year, the agency spent R443- million of its R1.2-billion budget on road rehabilitation.An inspection of 814 bridges in the city also identified structural defects that needed urgent attention and R157- million is to be used to rehabilitate them.As of next month the JRA will begin its work on the double-decker section of the M1 bridge. The project will take 18 months and involve lane closures.The JRA budget also makes provision for R296-million to be spent on gravel roads and R160-million on stormwater drainage.The upgrades form part of the agency's R110-billion infrastructure investment plan over the next 10 years...

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