The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) is to spend almost R100-million in Region B in the 2015-2016 financial year to improve and maintain the roads infrastructure, including the repairing of potholes.
The region includes relatively developed suburbs such as Windsor, Albertville, Blairgowrie, Bryanston, Bosmont, Coronationville, Cresta, Emmarentia, Greenside, Fairlands, Hurlingham, Florida Glen, Langlaagte, Northcliff, Richmond, and Sandhurst. The R99-million budget includes an approximate R69-million capital expenditure and R30-million investiture in infrastructure maintenance.
“The work that we do in Region B is mainly road infrastructure maintenance rather than road construction. We proactively attend to potentially problematic road surfaces before they become difficult and expensive to fix,” says JRA’s Acting Managing Director, Mpho Kau “On a daily basis, we carry out road infrastructure maintenance, including the maintenance of pavements and footways and of the storm water systems,” he says.
Of this financial year’s capital expenditure, R37-million – the lion’s share – will go towards the road resurfacing programme in all the region’s suburbs. The agency has also set aside R10-million to repair storm water systems in three areas in the region – Berario (R2.6-million), Fairlands (R3.4-million) and Kelands at the Willows Bird Sanctuary (R4-million).
A further R8-million will be spent on bridge infrastructure – R6-million to repair a collapsed gabion wall at Carlow Road in Melville and R2-million to repair a collapsed culvert at the Auckland Park Country Club. Kau says another R7-million has been earmarked for the repair of a sinkhole in Bryanston. Other expenditure is as follows:
R7-million for the reconstruction of roads in all the region’s suburbs;
R4-million for the repair and rehabilitation of embankments and sidewalks along William Nicol Road in Bryanston; and
R3-million for the rehabilitation and prevention of soil erosion at the Bryanston River Embankment.
The agency is also planning to repair the collapsed sections of the Rea Vaya BRT route in Auckland Park; collapsed culverts on Surrey Road, at the culvert along Bond and Surrey roads in Ferndale and along Barry Hertzog Road in Parktown; as well as road resurfacing and repairs to reinstate junction boxes along Lange Road in Florida Glen.