Why is Joburg's N1 highway warping?

2011-08-26 14:20

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance wants Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi to explain why newly laid tar on the old concrete highway in Johannesburg is already warping, it said on Friday.

In a letter to Vadi, DA spokesperson Neil Campbell said he had also asked who was going to pay to have it fixed.

The Star reported on Friday that the highway was warping so badly between the Malibongwe and Beyers Naude off-ramps that it would have to be cut up and re-laid.

It reported that the warping was because of movement of the asphalt surfacing on the underlying concrete road.

SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) acting regional manager Willem van der Merwe told the newspaper the road would not have to be re-tarred, but a small strip of asphalt surfacing on the yellow line would have to be milled out and replaced.

Warping was unusual in the industry and tests were being done to identify the problem, he said.

Sanral would then establish who would be responsible for the repair and costs.

The section was part of Sanral’s R20bn toll road network, which road users would soon have to pay 40c/km to use.

In a statement, Campbell said the rapid deterioration of the new road surface was "deeply concerning" and could be a danger to motorists.

An investigation into the reasons for the failure and the cost implications had to take place immediately, he said.

"The public needs the assurance that the tar over the ultra-thin pavement system used to underpin the widened sections of roads will not be similarly affected."

  • MeChirping - 2011-08-26 14:25

    The Toll System is not even in operation and already there are issues with the roads

      Geetsy - 2011-08-26 15:01

      Jobs for pals. You will find the tender was awarded to a mate who needed work and paid a fat kick-back! Probably sub standard equipment and dodgy tar.

      Baas-Julius - 2011-08-26 15:13

      I really do understand that during the apartheid government there was also corruption, corrupt NP minister's giving their white buddies the contracts to build bridges and roads, but look, even today the Van Staden's bridge is still standing, infrastructure and plants still operate even though they are barely maintained. I can't say the same for anything that BEE has done. Sorry but you are the weakest link.

      Craigr - 2011-08-26 15:19

      Can see the December newspaper headlines now. "Toll fee's set to double to pay for repairs"

      william.botha - 2011-08-26 15:49

      You mean the TROLL system.

      Slartibartfast - 2011-08-26 16:04

      Guys ... guys ... ladies ... ladies ... you don't understand!!! It is called "job security" for the bribing contractors for the next 100 years!!! And they call the ANC dumb!! Well done comrades!!

      Flee - 2011-08-26 16:44

      Its because someones aunties uncles cousin got the tender for the job, and they have never gotten laid... never mind laid a Tar road... They have no clue what they are doing and when it all Stuffs up, they blame it all on Apartheid...

      Anonymus - 2011-08-26 17:30

      by any chance was this tender given to one of malema's mates???

      Megan - 2011-08-26 17:43

      Baas-Julius, you need to get your history right. Contrary to what the ANC want you to think, corruption under the apartheid regime was pretty much non existant... but then since they called the shots on who was allowed to work and where and pretty much how much they were allowed to be paid, I supposed morally, there is no difference except for in the quality of the finished product.

      Jerry - 2011-08-26 19:02

      Correct MeChirping. Money does not fix roads, only competent people.

      Fred - 2011-08-26 19:04

      Hey Gauteng guys, don't worry ... we have the same problem in the Cape. They have been working on a 10km stretch between Paarl and Franschhoek (the R301) for over a year now and it's nowhere near complete, and just to add the cherry on the top, the half that was opened about 4 months ago is already falling to pieces. Surely to goodness we still have some road builders left in this country, otherwise we are going to have to get the Chinese or Indians in to do the job. May as well, seeing that they are probably going to take over this bancrupt country soon, I suppose.

      Met - 2011-08-26 19:11

      Was it not that "engineering" company of Malema that built the road?

      frangelico - 2011-08-26 20:04

      MeChirping,how many times I must tell ASK JULIAAAS eh and JACOB EISH WENA

      frangelico - 2011-08-26 20:08

      MeChirping,don't know if you know this but the Albertina Sisulu Highway from the airport to Pretoria was already showing stress before it was finished,parts had to be redone.MAMA AFRICA must be turning in her grave ag same man JULIAAAAS an Eh JACOB.

      eagle - 2011-08-26 21:28

      And for those who stay at the southern part of JHB - the road from Comaro crossing towards The Glen shopping center (not the highway) - is now for nearly a year under construction. The road was made wider to accommodate the heavy traffic, but the new lane was constantly breaking up. I passed by it many times and saw the poor workmanship - like putting down a layer of asphalt on soaking wet compacted ground. I wonder who is paying now for the repairs? Maybe someone can answer it.

      Boer - 2011-08-26 21:48

      Me Chirping I agree was in Joburg a couple of weeks ago saw the problem myself. Who did the work on the freeway? They should be sued.

      Netherlander - 2011-08-27 06:34

      This is ONE of the REASONS "TOLLING" was introduced!!!! To REPAIR the NEW RETARRED ROADS that the "COMRADE'S" built. It was a fark up from the start.... and oneday one of the Cadre's said: "HEY, LETS PUT A TOLL BOOTH IN, SO WE CAN REPAIR OUR FARK UPS" Tea was enjoyed by all after the meeting..

      magszinovich - 2011-08-28 12:30

      This country is warped

  • cj1 - 2011-08-26 14:29

    Why did the not keep the concrete surface? Is that not more durable?

      The Gecko - 2011-08-26 14:52

      I've been wondering the same thing ever since I saw them starting to tar over the concrete?????

      shauncro - 2011-08-26 15:03


      nosiphom - 2011-08-26 15:13

      Much more expensive, and the process to apply it in such a way that the road noise is low is not known to many companies - very difficult.

      Born To Fish - 2011-08-26 15:14

      Because you are not allowed to make it a toll road if it is not resurfaced....

      Vernon - 2011-08-26 15:59

      Whats the rush? The roads not finished yet.They still have to add the gravel on top.

      THX1148 - 2011-08-26 15:59

      because they needed to widen it and concrete would have too expensive

      Slartibartfast - 2011-08-26 16:07

      'cause it is a BEE road? Concrete is the wrong colour I think? I could be wrong though?

      Mallyg - 2011-08-26 17:40

      There must have been a very good reason to lay this stretch of road in concrete in the first place ... but the ANC knows best!

      bigT - 2011-08-26 18:15

      Couldn't agree more. If you look at the section from Bedfordview out to Benoni they are FIRST creating a concrete base then laying the tar on top. Just don't get it.

      PJ - 2011-08-26 19:13

      cj1 your logic is 100%. The concrete structure was good, so why overlay it with asphalt. Perchance an exodise of knowledge from the road making fraternity? No worries - our taxes can absorb, but for how much longer I wonder?

      Anton - 2011-08-26 21:35

      because concrete isnt black

      Ho - 2011-08-27 08:37

      Malema needed thee tenda....she want to buy thee new ka!

  • pietskiet - 2011-08-26 14:30

    The consumer is once again going to pay for this mess. Please inform us how the tender was awarded and if the contractor who won the tender has got any experience in building roads?

      McFly - 2011-08-26 15:30

      The contractor must have won the contract because he built a good driveway at his new place in Sandton which he built AFTER he was given the funds for the tender!

      braams - 2011-08-26 19:04

      pietskiet, there are always 2 people paying for every government expense, the tax payer and the consumer. The consumer pays tax on everything he consumes and the taxpayer gets half his salary and the other half goes to tax. The problem comes in when the consumer and the taxpayer is the same person. There is only so much one can do with a salary of R400k, which is about R23k a month after tax. With that the consumer (plus taxpayer) needs to pay for his house (including rates and taxes), his water and lights (including the continually escalating electricity costs), his car which attracted VAT and emissions tax and interest if financed, which attracts more VAT on fees, all fuel levies and taxes, and then of course food with will increase because of increased labour costs, increased electricity costs the stores have to pay, and soon the toll fees that will be tagged onto everything transported by road. Add this all up and the poor consumer is becoming the broke consumer... *Please excuse errors, typed on my iPad in the dark because of a power outage...

      PJ - 2011-08-26 19:16

      Pietskiet: Who else is going to pay mate? Why do you bother posting the question? The real issue being what are you going to do about it?

      Mr D - 2011-10-06 00:41

      Braams, So what u are saying u walk away with 20c from every rand after all the taxes.

  • jerlank - 2011-08-26 14:32

    The N1 surface in the vicinity of New Road (North- and Southbound) is also already deteriorating, with holes in the left lanes. Shoddy workmanship? There is also warping of the tar on the road surface in the same area.

      Shistirrer - 2011-08-26 16:51

      "We are now entering sector N1. Warp speed, Mr Sulu".

      pitbull - 2011-08-27 07:02

      Bad workmanship. That is not even the start of it. Wait until the tar starts breaking up and the stones start shattering windscreens. Who yo gonna call? PG Glass? Not a chance. Try Like-Nu half the price for a better product.

  • Willie Burger - 2011-08-26 14:33

    It is not only this stretch of road. The section (N1 North) between Malibongwe/William Nico and Rivonia is wabbling and causes a vibration on a car.

      Dingaan - 2011-08-26 17:32

      I also had a car like that, so I traded it in for a new one.

  • FastLex - 2011-08-26 14:36

    Because of our tender awarding programme.....

      McFly - 2011-08-26 15:32

      because we are trying to build roads at a more affordable price, we are bound to pay more for the repairs than just putting concrete on the CONCRETE highway!

      pitbull - 2011-08-27 07:17

      @McFly: Concrete wasn't put on top of concrete. Tar was put on top of concrete and the concrete was not prepared properly to accept the tar. Think about what happens when you put PVA on top of enamel paint. It stays stuck for a while but after about six months the PVA starts to crack and peel off. Same principle on the roads. The concrete was laid down in the 70's / 80's and millions of vehicles have driven over that concrete, depositing rubber, oil, chemicals. All in a period of thirty years. If the concrete was not cleaned/prepared properly then of course the tar is not going to stick. Shoddy workmanship, is not the word. Most the Civil engineers have left South Africa and the tenders are submitted by friends of the government who consult overseas engineers who do not understand South African Weather conditions. Result, BAD, BAD, BAD workmanship, for which we will be paying the rest of our lives.

  • Barry - 2011-08-26 14:38

    They deliberately used inferior materials for the roads so that they could be awarded the maintenance contract over and over again in order to fleece the taxpayer and to line their pockets.

      jevoixtout - 2011-08-26 16:12

      They should just jack the old spoories up and get trucks off the roads to start with. How many times has highway been blocked in peak hour trafic because some overloaded truck has broken down. Lets guess, at least twice a week in the big smoke?

      pitbull - 2011-08-27 07:21

      @jevoixtout: At the atrocious amount of money Transnet spends on travel in I am surprised they make a profit at all. In the bad old days the train crew slept on the trains. Now they get to sleep in Hotels and B&B's at exorbitant prices. The senior staff don't use trains to commute, they fly!!!

  • Da.Liva.Delvira - 2011-08-26 14:39

    Hey dumb @sses (at road and transport ministers and whoever)!!! How about making a separate lane/lanes for heavy vehicles, like trucks, buses, taxis, bakkies??? It's the heavy vehicles that a damaging the roads!!! Catch a wake up!!! By the way they should actually pay more than 40c per km because they are commercial vehicles!!! Why does everybody else have to suffer because of them??? And if there are ganna be any other comments on this article, I can promise you that the guys in charge of this operation (pay per km) are ganna imply it to every single road in the future. Another way of extorting money from the people of this country.

      Spikes Boss - 2011-08-26 14:43

      BTW, there are different rates for different vehicle classes.

      logicIQ - 2011-08-26 17:10

      Try thinking before writing. Then try writing in English. And educate yourself, just a tad, before commenting.

      HCrouse - 2011-08-27 09:13

      Damn right. The heaviest trucks only pay about 3 or 4 times what cars pay, but do 100 times the damage. They should be charged accordingly. Maybe that will place transport under enough pressure to get our rail system working again. 25 years ago I used to watch trains shunting and working in Pinetown station. 17 parallel lines! Busy 'till late at night. Now? 1 line open. Passenger route only. Julle boer agteruit!

  • John - 2011-08-26 14:41

    its apartheid's fault, must have been a problem with the old concrete road surface

      Bilbo - 2011-08-26 14:47

      @John LOL!

      Krueger - 2011-08-26 14:52


      Cuba12 - 2011-08-26 14:57

      Shit John, don't let the cat out of the bag yet. We're supposed to wait for a commission to be formed, and then to investigate and discuss their finding at a gala dinner. Only after all of that will the profound announcement that "its apartheid's fault, must have been a problem with the old concrete road surface" will be made.

      Face - 2011-08-26 14:57

      Yip - The concrete surface is far too whitish.

      Zion - 2011-08-26 15:03

      The concrete was probably swept and hosed off with water instead of roughing it up a bit prior to the application of the tar.

      McFly - 2011-08-26 15:35

      Yup! I agree. They made the concrete surfaces so well that the tar surface is not so stable on it now. They should have made the concrete highway with cattle dung instead, so we could be said to be doing a better job fixing what ain't broken!

      Vernon - 2011-08-26 15:39

      @Face,now its darkblack and warped..

      Slartibartfast - 2011-08-26 16:10

      BRILLIANT man!!

      Slartibartfast - 2011-08-26 16:12

      OH ... Cuba12 ... you forget one final step!! After ALL that, the Arch Des will call a meeting and cry over all the spilt milk ... and introduce a Concrete Tax!! Good G0D man!! Keep quiet!!!

      bigT - 2011-08-26 18:07

      Dont forget the "AGENTS"

      Ex-employer - 2011-08-26 19:56

      It is apartheid's fault, and it will always be apartheid's fault till Jesus comes.

      50something - 2011-08-27 11:24

      Yes, it is apartheids fault - the previous minister of transport will have to have a dinner to say he is sorry

  • Weasledna - 2011-08-26 14:43

    The Ben Schoeman Freeway or Ben Schoeman Highway is the main freeway between Johannesburg and Pretoria, and consists of portions of the N1, and N14. Opened in 1968, it is named after a former Minister of Transport Ben Schoeman, and is reportedly the busiest road in South Africa. For 50 years the concrete stood they effed it up in 2 years

      The Eye - 2011-08-26 15:33

      N14 = Ben Schoeman Freeway (Not concrete) N1 = Danie Joubert Freeway partialy concrete. Ben Schoeman stop before the N1 N14 intersection

      McFly - 2011-08-26 15:37

      At least they have done one thing successfully. they wouldn't have done a better job anyway else.

      Irish Mike - 2011-08-26 19:33

      @The Eye, sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the N1 was and is the Ben Schoman Highway whereas the N14 is the Danie Joubert Freeway and the N1 was concreted as well as the Western and Eastern bypasses.

      Ex-employer - 2011-08-26 20:01

      At The Eye. Point is, it stood the test of time until it was touched two years ago.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-08-26 14:44

    The shoddy workmanship is common right across the board on these "super" highways, which are also far from completion. Bad design has resulted in flooding and aquaplaning in bad weather. In short, SANRAL has built a death trap which will worsen things on the roads

      Zion - 2011-08-26 15:05

      How many years will we have to wait before driving from Cape Town to Joeys on the N1 and not finding a single ROAD WORKS AHEAD. Please be patient.

      jakkals - 2011-08-26 15:56

      Drove the N1 just outside the Grassmere Plaze between Johannesburg and Bloem in summer Feb. Was heavy raining and it was horrible to drive due to poor drainage on that part of the road. Yet I had to pay my toll fee and be happy about it...

      Slartibartfast - 2011-08-26 16:15

      Hey !!! I think we should march to the Union Buildings and demand one of those funky bridges they have in CT to be installed here!! Have always DREAMED of driving into mid-air!! And with all the warping it'll be a "cheep" rolercoster ride all the way to work!!

      Ex-employer - 2011-08-26 20:09

      At Zion. Not in your life time.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-26 14:44

    This hapens when you cut corners and give tenders to your hairdresser. I don't like being this angry on a Friday - 2011-08-26 14:54

      Love it !! That is really funnny.

      onthefence - 2011-08-26 15:20

      My hairdresser denies he won the tender - he said poefters "don't do wheelbarrows and other butch stuff"

      Vernon - 2011-08-26 15:43

      DON'T insult the hairdressers,they would have done a better job than these plonkers.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-26 15:49

      LOL @onthefence

  • Plonker69 - 2011-08-26 14:48

    Who was the contractor, they should pay, but then again must be Malema's company that got awarded the tender so no one gives a rats ass

      Dominic - 2011-08-26 15:22

      After 60% award commission for Malema's company (or equivalent) there isn't enough cash to pay for quality.

      Slartibartfast - 2011-08-26 16:16

      ..... and remember!! .. It's none of our business HOW he makes his money folks!!

  • Thorn - 2011-08-26 14:51

    Simple - poor quality materials and techniques to lay the tar. But then again, tar is a naturally fluid material. Placing it onto a hard concrete surface means that it has nowhere to flex to and ends up warping. Tar is more suitable on a gravel base.

      PJ - 2011-08-26 19:21

      Not so Thorn. Its simple that "fluid asphat" should not be laid on concrete otherwise the obvious will, and has, resulted. The brain-dead question must be who determined the outcome and, more importantly, that the contractor must pick up the cost. To relay the surface will result in the same outcome.

      buka001 - 2011-08-27 08:37

      Asphalt gets laid on concrete all the time ... On bridges!! Every bridge in South Africa has a concrete deck, on which asphalt gets laid. Its common practice. I belive the issue here is the mix design used for the asphalt laid, may have been inferior. As per contractual requirements, this will be investigated and the cause will be determined and the party who is to blame will pay for the repairs. Not the user.

  • SabaticalG - 2011-08-26 14:51

    im not paying the toll kuk until the road is 100%

      Tim - 2011-08-26 14:56

      I'm not paying FULL STOP.

      africanwhite - 2011-08-26 15:43

      I agree with you. I am very curious about paying toll fees. SANRAL are charging for a service therefore are we (the consumer) protected under CPA If we are once we start paying and the roads are not up to what we expect them to be can we take them to the Commissioner and charge them. Also when they want to do repairs or resurfacing they cannot charge toll fees because the road will not have all of the lanes open. Who can remember the advert for the toll roads where they stated that it would save time and hassle if one used the toll roads, the reason why I am asking is because when I was in Sydney you had to slow down to about sixty KPH when you went through the toll gate. If enough people take SANRAL to the Consumer Commissioner it is possible that they (SANRAL) will be closed down because of the fines and NO MORE TOLL because nobody will will want to take over.

  • Willie Burger - 2011-08-26 14:52

    The next thing is that Archbishop Tutu will call on whites to pay a we-stuffed-up-the-roads-so-the-whites-must-pay tax for the 'sins' of the past.

  • Slim_Jan - 2011-08-26 14:52

    It all over - look at the section as you approach New Road towards Pretoria, the left two lanes are close to unusable! Ditto for N14 near Ventersdorp, not 50% complete and the completed sections are VROT! Malema contractors?

  • Deon - 2011-08-26 14:52

    "...which road users would soon have to pay 40c/km to use."... Ha! Pay, huh, Oh really?! If you can pry that money from my cold dead fingers you are more than welcome to have it.

      Tim - 2011-08-26 14:57

      With you there bud! I am still hoping to explain to a judge how I am paying for this highway 5 times over.

      Deon - 2011-08-26 15:14

      Amen dude, I'd rather make love to a pothole in peak traffic than pay another cent to any of our Government's Ponzi schemes. My money has dried up, my patience is a festering pool of hatred and I'm just itching to pick a good fight. Let the games begin.

      darkwing - 2011-08-26 16:08

      No, Deon, you'll get run over. Now I see us Pretorians might have to pay a parking tax.

      Jamesons - 2011-08-26 19:11

      I am broke every month, not sure which bank account they going to find that money.

  • EYESAY - 2011-08-26 14:53

    The same is happening on the R21 South.

  • Da.Liva.Delvira - 2011-08-26 14:53

    @ Spikes Boss... Well on the current toll gate fees there are. So why shouldn't there be on the pay per km??? Right???

  • sipholess - 2011-08-26 14:54

    Poor workmanship and zero supervision. These new Black owned and run companies cant even repair road surfaces properly never mind lay a new surface. It's just part of sub standard African living.

  • Paul - 2011-08-26 14:56

    Will they charge tolls on the road whilst under repair becasue the repair work will result in drivers not recieveing the benifits they are paying for.

  • Lee - 2011-08-26 14:56

    They must have cut corners and pocketed the rest with now worry about the deaths it might cause in the future.

  • Zion - 2011-08-26 14:57

    Have seen the similar thing in NC and Nofs. I asked a retired road builder and the answer was: lower layers were not sufficient to carry the load, lower layers were not sealed properly. Final tar layer was added without sufficient sealing and an unsteady layer beneath it. Not compacted properly and Final tar thickness not to standard, due to difficulty in obtaining tar. It all boils down to poor workmanship and supervision.

      Pikkie - 2011-08-26 15:24

      You got it my man. That's right on the money!

  • Tsundzuka - 2011-08-26 15:07

    Yes!!!, no toll system

      Craigr - 2011-08-26 17:34

      At this rate, no decent road either.

  • betterness - 2011-08-26 15:07

    Let me hazard a guess... an honest experienced professional specialist company who applied ligitimately was awarded the tender ... Ye right!!

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  • Born To Fish - 2011-08-26 15:13

    Because you cannot make it a toll road if it is not resurfaced. Tar over cement? What did they expect?

      Pikkie - 2011-08-26 15:22

      Something starting with "s.....t".

  • umlaut - 2011-08-26 15:13

    And the N1 west next to rivonia golf course is also like a ship ride. One can assume that building whilst traffic next to it must still flow, is quite a challenge and they just did it by eye. A strange chunk is also still missing there. Maybe they are still working on it. Maybe they can scrape off the tarmac and use the old apartheid concrete road again, and we can have a freeway again for all, not just for taxi drivers and blue lighters. The Rivonia on ramp from downhill Rivonia road to pretoria, is also badly planned with a huge tailback blocking traffic to get onto it during peak time.

  • John Burnstein - 2011-08-26 15:15

    I can't believe there are actually people here who want to pay the toll fees!! I mean I will not pay it even if the road surface is perfect! Just refuse to pay the fees and don't buy a e-tag!!! Ignore the bills you get in the post!! How are they going to force 4 million people who don’t want to pay?

      Pikkie - 2011-08-26 15:21

      You last mentioned you are now going via Rustenburg, of wat se ek my bra?

  • betha - 2011-08-26 15:16

    Because TIA my friends TIA

  • tiotudg - 2011-08-26 15:19

    Gee hulle hel, Campbell, gee hulle hel!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pikkie - 2011-08-26 15:20

    All I want to know , who's gonna pay. Us , the infamous 'a...h...s'?

      tiotudg - 2011-08-26 15:23

      Wat wonder jy nog, ek en jy gaan betaal deur ons nekke - hoe dan anders, of dink iemand Nazir Alli en sy Departement sal betaal?

  • 2shy2call - 2011-08-26 15:22

    Its from Gordons Road offramp to Malibongwe, anyone can check from Gordons Road south. And tell me.

  • Showahed - 2011-08-26 15:29

    The road is warping for the same reason SA is warping run by a warping government...

      Ingie - 2011-08-26 15:48

      good one...LOL and I agree a very warped govt..crooks, but maybe the road is sinking due to all the old mines

  • facts please - 2011-08-26 15:40

    Oh and then there is the terribly invisible paint that they use. It is only visible as the road falls behind the mirror. Often I cannot see the markings. They are there, but the paint used is not reflective enough. Ok, using the word reflective suddenly gave me insight...... aaahhhhh.

  • Deeteem - 2011-08-26 15:42

    Tar over concrete !! I am sure there are a few road engineers rolling their eyes !!!

  • Rinus Eckard - 2011-08-26 15:45

    It's because the chicken crossed the road...

  • Ingie - 2011-08-26 15:47

    Well in Durban now along the N2 trucks are in the fast lanes going faster than 120km per hour and as far as I am concerned they should be fined if they switch to any other lne besides the slow lane. A long the N3 a lane was made for taxis but they dont use it so a lot of money has been wasted

  • Lestor - 2011-08-26 16:00

    At least now we know why they need this tax, the road is breaking already.

  • Jamie - 2011-08-26 16:20

    Concrete actually repels ashpalt, unless one uses the correct stone for aggregate, and gets a matching ionic emusion. BEE's wouldn't know this, they'd just get stone from their "contacts".

  • Tired - 2011-08-26 16:21


  • cdw - 2011-08-26 16:46

    The road between Hankey and Patensie was also redone and looked beautiful, but now the tar is also moving due to the heavy lorries that use the road. In summer the tar is very close to liquid and can be poked with one's toe!

  • Dries - 2011-08-26 17:17

    How many more such events for people to understand that SA has become a dysfunctional country at every level of society. Jirre, Apartheid was bad,was it not? Look at its legacies... :)

  • Paul - 2011-08-26 17:39

    You don't get it Built in Pot Holes - anyway on a more serious note why would one pay a toll on the tolled N1 and you have to stop start? The gates are "intelligent" so it should not toll one if the average speed between two points is less than 80 KM/h?

  • bigT - 2011-08-26 17:57

    Hi Its not only this section that is a problem. If you driva round the South dasiczlly from the Soweto interchange to Alberton the right hand lane and section near the barrier has been dug up. There are concrete and plastic barriers protecting great big holes. Dont know what they are looking for but whatever it is it SHOULD have been done tested snd retested before the final tar surface was laid. The earth that has been dug out can never be recompacted to the same density as the original so from now till eternity there will be problems with the surface sagging and the associated potholes. Repair contract for LIFE, nice work if you can get it.

  • Hennie - 2011-08-26 18:45

    Maybe we should get Julius to build a bridge over the troubled highway :P

  • rasklot - 2011-08-26 19:01

    Simple: Provided the concrete is level without bumps, (A) one has to scarify (cut deep gouges) into the concrete and cut left to right groves into the concrete at set intervals and (B) fill with tar first. Concrete expands and contracts at different rates than asphalt especially in extreme heat and cold climates. Prime the surface with bitumen then lay the asphalt and roll to compact. Have an independent engineer test the compaction at various random sites for compaction density. A costly but the correct way to lay asphalt on concrete. If you wanna make a ton of money and do not have a recourse agreement, skip parts A and B, close up shop and take your profits overseas. Its warped because A and B were not done or properly, the asphalt did not adhere to the concrete, concrete expanded, lifting the asphalt. Remedy, rip it all up and do it properly. Cost, astronomical !!

      Zion - 2011-08-26 21:12

      101% correct.

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-26 22:22

    the road is as warped as the people who made it

  • Grant - 2011-08-26 22:39

    Toll Roads - One MORE reason NOT to visit Gauteng.