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Johannesburg will be spending almost R2 billion on the rebuilding and fixing of road infrastructure to alleviate traffic congestion, lower the cost of doing business and attract investment.
The M1 and M2 highways and the major arterial roads serving commercial hubs such as Sandton and Rosebank will be the major beneficiaries of this extensive transport upgrade over a three-year period.
The Soweto Highway will also receive a R180 million facelift.
Executive mayor Mpho Parks Tau said the roads project formed part of a comprehensive investment in strategic infrastructure of more than R110bn over the next decade.
Tau said the city had recently met business communities in the northern suburbs and listened to their concerns.
“We are confident that this investment will address most of the major issues raised by business and contribute to the rejuvenation of the city’s premier financial and commercial districts,” he said.
The bulk of the funding would go towards the comprehensive rehabilitation and resurfacing of roads. “We are aware of the public’s frustration about potholes and will be spending almost R80m on patching and fixing cracks,” said Tau.
“However, our primary focus is the long-term rehabilitation of the road network.”
The resurfacing project will be undertaken by the Johannesburg Roads Agency.
Construction projects will result in short-term inconvenience to motorists, residents and the business community. The city will, however, attempt to keep disruptions to a minimum.
“I call on Joburgers and visitors to our city to be patient,” said Tau. - Saturday Star