Joburg vows high-speed pothole fix

2011-07-27 12:18

Johannesburg - Upgrading and repair work on potholes, storm drains and traffic lights on 200 roads and intersections will be "accelerated" during a 90-day, R77m project, the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) said on Wednesday.

"These issues are the ones that we will focus on, because their efficiency affects all motorists daily," spokesperson Thulani Makhubela said.

He said the agency aimed to close 17 000 potholes by September.

JRA managing director Dudu Maseko said The 90-day Project, which began in July, had already reconstructed over 10km of road in Naledi.

"Our work is serious, because we don't just want to fix the potholes, we are going to make sure that they never come back," she said.

She said the project would also ensure that traffic lights would remain fully functional in the event of power failures.

"Here in South Africa we are trendsetters, and we are 'greening' our traffic lights."

About 120 traffic lights would be backed up with uninterrupted power supplies (UPS), remote monitoring functions and power-saving LED lights.

The project would also focus on repairing storm water drainage on 15 major roads, and introducing a gravel roads stabilisation programme in selected townships.

"We are certain that the project will be successful. We want everyone to come to us and see when the 90 days are over," Maseko said.

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