‘No quick fix’: R2bn for Joburg roads

2013-10-18 18:09

City of Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau has announced ambitious plans for the city during the launch of the Roads Resurfacing Programme in Rosebank.

Tau said that the city would spend almost R2 billion on the rebuilding and rehabilitation of the road infrastructure to alleviate traffic congestion and attract investment to the city.

“The roads project forms part of the comprehensive investment in strategic infrastructure of more than R110 billion over the next decade,” the mayor said today.

Tau further revealed that consultation with businesses and other stakeholders revealed that poor roads were adding to traffic congestion and that the rehabilitation of roads could not be achieved through quick fixes but only through a comprehensive approach. “Our primary focus is the long-term rehabilitation of the road network and not quick fixes through fixing potholes.”

The first phase of the project has already begun in Rosebank and will see more than 400 kilometres of the city’s roads being upgraded in this financial year, with a budget of R100 million.

The allocation of funds for upgrades will subsequently increase each year.

Tau took the invited guests to a construction site where workers were busy resurfacing a part of Jan Smuts and Jellicoe streets.

He further revealed plans to promote use of public transport and the expansion of the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit System.

The plans include dedicated lanes for cyclists linking Rea Vaya stations with shopping centres and entertainment centres. Tau said a dedicated cycling lane would soon be constructed in Soweto, linking the Noordgesig Clinic with schools in Orlando East along Mooki Street.

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