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07/03/2017: Johannesburg’s roads to benefit from R94M Adjustment Budget
07 March 2017
Following the Executive Mayor’s announcement of the City’s 2016/17 Adjustment Budget, the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) received an additional R94 million towards addressing road and related infrastructure backlogs.

To boost economic growth, connecting our communities is a priority, and consequently the City is focused on the provision of quality roads and related infrastructure” said CoJ Transport MMC, Cllr Nonhlanhla Makhuba “This additional R94 million for the remainder of the 2016/17 financial year will be allocated towards priority projects including pothole repairs and other road related maintenance, traffic lights, grass cutting and the preservation of the road network.”

“The decades-long neglect of infrastructure maintenance means that there is a still a huge mountain to climb to effectively resolve the insufficient maintenance and under investment in our city’s ageing roads and bridges as well as to deal with backlogs in townships lacking the required roads and storm water drainage needed for our residents. Consequently, we are happy that in the short term, some of the most urgent priorities can be addressed.”

Priority projects to addressing roads and related infrastructure
Pothole repairs
Recent heavy rains have badly damaged roads that were not in a good condition and to ensure safety, R60 million will enable JRA to patch more potholes.

MMC Makhuba emphasised, “Despite the increased budget allocation, potholes will continue forming on our roads as our current funds cannot fully address the City’s ageing infrastructure backlog which requires comprehensive maintenance, including road resurfacing and rehabilitation.
In order to improve service delivery in the long term, an estimated R3.48 billion is required for road surfacing and R2.3 billion for roads reconstruction.” In addition, with the increased risk of urban flooding as a result of sporadic heavy rainfall, the ageing storm water drainage system remains a risk and routine repairs and maintenance has been scheduled by JRA maintenance teams.

Improving Road Maintenance
Without this additional budget, JRA operations would have ground to a halt, as the Entity was running short of funds for materials, equipment hire and appointment of maintenance staff. JRA’s maintenance teams are at present 40% understaffed which has constrained the Entity’s ability to meet the City’s customer service charter standards and led to increased service complaints from residents. A R28 million injection from the Adjustment Budget Allocation, while not yet enough to address the total capacity shortage, will strengthen the JRA maintenance operations by 2 to 3 teams per region.
In addition, a portion of the budget will be allocated towards funding employee overtime for fixing potholes after hours. Furthermore, to boost short term capacity, contractors will be appointed to support pothole repairs.
The JRA is also implementing an operations improvement plan which will result in improved efficiencies and productivity as well as better quality of work. This will include on-the-job training of foremen and supervisors and enhanced maintenance planning and scheduling.
Emergency Bridge Rehabilitation
JRA is undertaking the emergency rehabilitation, reconstruction and repairs of six bridges across the city, following recent heavy rainfall and flash flooding. The extent of damage is estimated at R113,5 million and JRA’s emergency CAPEX budget is being utilised. The affected bridges are Belgrave, Joe Nhlanhla, Cork Avenue, Bridge Road, Spring Road and 432 Modderfontein Road.

Traffic Signal Improvements
With the additional funds allocated this financial year, the JRA will focus on reducing traffic signal outages by utilising mobile power units (generators) at key intersections affected by power outages; increasing security services to protect signals against vandalism and theft and increasing technical staff overtime to enable fault detection (through remote monitoring) from 04h00 on weekdays, on Saturday mornings and on Sunday afternoons. The early detection of faults will run in conjunction with the employment of additional traffic light repair technicians who will be used to fix faults prior to the start of the morning peak hour, thereby reducing the impact of signal outages on commuters.
Cable faults are the largest single contributor to overall traffic signal downtime (20%). The JRA will be allocating increased Capex funds for traffic signals for the next three years and these additional funds will be used to recable intersections, which will have a significant impact on reducing overall downtime. The funding will further be used to install uninterrupted power supply units (UPS) at key intersections. Power failures contribute 16% of overall traffic signal downtime and the rollout of UPS at warranted intersections will have a significant impact on reducing downtime as it can provide alternative power for approximately 12hrs.
These efforts, combined with the deployment of some of the 1500 new JMPD recruits to key intersections will assist in reducing peak hour congestion.
Grass Cutting
Separately, JRA has also contributed R4 million towards enabling Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) to address the backlog of grass cutting and vegetation in the road reserves in the city.
Public participation
The JRA would like to thank the citizens of Joburg for their patience while we address the current problems of widespread potholes arising from the heavy rains. We encourage citizens to continue to report potholes on the JRA’s Find & Fix App.
Follow JRA for the latest developments, journey planning tips, alternative routes, and traffic advisory via:
 Website: www.jra.org.za
 Twitter: @MyJra,
 Facebook: Johannesburg Roads Agency
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 JRA Find&Fix mobile app

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Last Updated on 07 March 2017