End in sight to Joburg pothole hell?

Johannesburg - If you live in Midrand, Zandfontein, Dobsonville or Strijdom Park, you are seeing the worst of Joburg’s potholes and rain damage.

But the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) says it has sent teams to start repairs.

Potholes place motorists at risk and take their toll on motor vehicles. File picture: Steve Lawrence. Credit: THE STAR

The agency will prioritise the roads closed because they have become impassable, such as where bridges have collapsed because of the heavy rains.

Bertha Peters-Scheepers, JRA spokeswoman, said they would fill potholes temporarily and then properly once road surfaces were completely dry.

With a large portion of the City of Joburg’s R110 billion capital infrastructure budgeted for the next decade, many of the roads and stormwater drains are to be upgraded.

Stormwater safety conversions are also being made to ensure the safety of residents during flooding.

“Much of the infrastructure is old,” she said.

The agency now had its own asphalt plant, so there should be no delays as far as that was concerned, she said.

“We are confident that we will be able to keep up with the repairs of the hundreds of potholes, which have been reported since the start of the rains,” she said.

She said she could not give a figure for the number of potholes until a full inspection had been completed.

“Many potholes have been reported more than once so there is duplication,” she said, “which makes it difficult to say at this stage.”

Peters-Scheepers said: “Each region in the city has had teams systematically repairing one area at a time with preference being given to main arterial routes.

“Until such time as they are repaired, we are urging motorists to drive no faster than 40km/h in badly affected areas.

“Motorists should continue to report potholes,” she said.

What is the procedure to follow?

Bridges affected which have been prioritised:

Part of the future R110 billion project highlights:

Road resurfacing includes: