JRA invests in new asphalt plant to assist in road repairs

The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has repaired 44 350 potholes across the city since the beginning of the 2017/18 financial year. The city currently has a backlog of R11.8-billion for upgrading the city’s 13 599 km road network, of which R7.1-billion is required for repairs to surfaced roads and R4.7-billion for the upgrade of gravel roads to tar.     “City-wide, the JRA is faced with an R81.5-billion ten-year backlog to address the city’s ageing road infrastructure. Based on the 2017 JRA roads conditions study, we are faced with a 25% increase in the deterioration of the road network condition, from 89% to 64%. The excessive damage to our road network has resulted in a rise in pothole reports and increased safety concerns,” Transport MMC Nonhlanhla Makhuba said in a statement on Tuesday.   The JRA noted that it continues to prioritise pothole repairs, with R88-million allocated towards fast-tracking repairs and priority roads scheduled for upgrades.