Joburg allocates R96-million to repair roads
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
PRETORIA, (CAJ News) – THE Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has set aside more than R90-million in its capital budget to undertake several major roads infrastructure projects in the City’s Region C for the 2015/16 financial year, starting immediately.
The upgrades are in scheduled for Dobsonville, Doornkop, Bramfischerville, Weltevreden Park, Roodepoort and Ruimsig; parts of Randburg; and northern suburbs such as Olivedale, Northriding, Cosmo City and Zandspruit.
The projects that JRA, the City of Johannesburg’s roads infrastructure development, repairs and maintenance entity, is currently implementing, include the rebuilding of two badly flood damaged culverts; roads resurfacing, road reconstruction and rehabilitation as well as an on-going infrastructure maintenance programme.
JRA’s Acting Managing Director, Mpho Kau, said the bulk of the capital expenditure – approximately R75million – would be channeled towards the City’s extensive Gravel Roads Upgrade Programme, benefiting a number of areas in Region C.
Gravel roads are upgraded to asphalt surface with associated storm water drainage systems as well as pavements or sidewalks in line with the Complete Street standards.
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Transport, Councillor Christine Walters, said the projects are not only expected to improve the general quality of roads across the region but will also help ease traffic congestion and boost economic activity in the city.
Johannesburg is South Africa’s economic hub.
– CAJ News
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