Last week Thursday was International Road Maintenance Day, with many countries honing in on road upkeep as a key action to protect the environment while contributing to socio-economic development.
“Our focus is geared towards the economic and social imperatives of proper road maintenance, of which the environment is an important part,” says Solomons, pictured.
“Roads are a vital public asset and can deliver a higher economic return on investment than any other single type of infrastructure. But SA’s physical road network is likely to require billions of Rands to restore if maintenance is not taken seriously,” he says.
“The real cost of not maintaining roads is difficult to quantify because poor roads are dangerous and affect road safety, they lead to higher transportation costs and bottlenecks on busy routes, they prevent people from accessing goods and essential services, they increase vehicle operating costs due to frequent repairs and require more fuel use, and they increase carbon dioxide emissions,” he says.