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Old July 27th, 2011, 04:23 PM   #1
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Johannesburg road developments

Can't see a thread dedicated specifically to Johannesburg Roads Agency projects / municipal road projects, so am creating this thread...
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Old July 27th, 2011, 04:25 PM   #2
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Jo'burg unleashes rejuvenation blitz on city's roads

NICKOLAUS BAUER - Jul 27 2011 13:51

The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Wednesday revealed that it had begun a three-month, R77-million project to fill Johannesburg's potholes, and upgrade and maintain 200 of the city's major roads and intersections, including storm drains and traffic lights.

The initiative, which began in June, forms part of the city’s "90 Days" of intensified service delivery programme, being driven by newly elected mayor Parks Tau.

“This being the dry season, it is the best time speed up service delivery as part of mayor Tau’s 90 days program,” Dudu Maseko, the JRA's managing director, told reporters at Museum Africa in Newtown.

The JRA aims to close 17 000 potholes and resurface 50km of the city's roads during the three months of implementation.

With R77-million set aside for the project, R40-million will be used for the eradication of potholes and road rejuvenation, along with the repair and maintenance of stormwater drainage systems.

The remaining R30-million will be split between several other rejuvenation and modification plans.

These include implementing new traffic light technology, the creation of footways for pedestrians in Soweto and Alexandra and the stabilisation of gravel and dirt roads in informal settlements such as Klipspruit, Rabie Ridge.

To help save power, 120 traffic lights throughout Johannesburg will be installed with Uninterrupted Power Supply, remote monitoring functionality and LED lights.

“We started on this in June already, and we’ve seen implementation being carried in certain areas and we promise to keep you updated on our progress throughout,” Maseko said.

It is hoped government’s expanded public works program will be able to provide an extra R70-million for further implementation during and after the 90-day plan.

The JRA's spokesperson, Thulani Makhubela, told the Mail & Guardian no traffic congestion was expected to arise out of the planned upgrades and maintenance.

“We don’t plan to have any major interruptions but if so, there will be the necessary diversions to alleviate any congestion," said Makhubela.

Critical intersections and main roads
The 200 main roads and critical intersections across Johannesburg identified by the JRA as priority areas for immediate action include the corner of William Nichol and Jan Smuts in Hyde park, Chris Hani drive in Chiawelo, the corner of Louis Botha and Corlett drives in Bramley as well as Main Reef road in Nasrec.

“These intersections and roads must never [fall into disrepair], they must always be working -- during these 90 days and into the future,” Maseko said.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 05:29 PM   #3
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Thanks RomanSA, nobody got love for Jozi.

What I love about the new roads is how smooth they are, you cant even feel the manholes as you drive on them, good examples are Empire/Kingsway in Auckland Park and Oxfor road in front of the zone Rosebank...
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Old July 27th, 2011, 05:34 PM   #4
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ya that was the one thing I noticed in Joburg a few weeks back, freeways are amazing new overlays and a great drive, 1 road back (willion nicol, rivonia and worse around 4 ways) teh roads are shocking, not so much pot holes but road verges just stop and drop into a channel etc, looks like been widened
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I think the Johannesburg Road Agency does the worst maintenance jobs considering Johannesburg is the economic hub.

My major gripes with the JRA are:

- When potholes are repaired, with the next major rains and heavy traffic, they're back. The job done is poor and quick fix.

- Retarring of roads are again poorly done and very sparingly done, despite some major routes like Rivonia Road, Beyers Naude etc which desperately need these upgraded

- They don't seem invested in upgrading or maintaining growing routes until absolutely in dire need (i.e. R546 Witkoppen from Main Road - to Sunninghill)

- Signage on major routes are few and far in-between, with a majority of routes unsigned for major intersections or unreadable. These are in dire need of upgrading.

Lastly, I am not sure how true this is ; but the recent R511 William Nicol Drive upgrades from the R564 to Diepsloot was allegedly paid for or majorly done by Steyn City to provide a much needed upgrade route, despite Fourways expanding rapidly in the last 10 years, the JRA have chosen to largely ignore William Nicol Dr from the R564 onwards and a private company had to pay for this to be done. I am not sure how true this is but I have heard it from a few people.

This is where SANRAL trumps the JRA, all SANRAL roads - freeways are first class in comparison to the JRA, and whilst I know it has been funded through eTolling, would it have killed the JRA to keep up with maintenance on their freeways.

The M2 from the CBD to Germiston is in horrific conditions, there are onramps without signage - so driving around is anybody's guess and speaking of signage, a majority of the signage seems to be from the 1980's and has not been upgraded and of poor quality.

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Old August 14th, 2015, 03:54 PM   #6
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I have also noticed that alot of the signage within Johanessburg is probably from the 1980's (particular the road name signs). I also find it interesting that the traffic lights also seem to originate from that decade.

I have a few questions?

Firstly, what exactly is the JRA? A state owned company or just a name for a council department?

Secondly, does anybody know the audit history of the JRA?

*People of Johannesburg, you municipality is failing you!*
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Old August 17th, 2015, 05:15 PM   #7
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I think JRA is a council department

@Danethegr8, you are right, the William Nicol extension from Uranium to Steyn City is paid for by Steyn City. But this was the agreement between the city and Steyn City. In order for Steyn City to build a city there (20,000 residential units + commercial use), CoJ has requested them to upgrade the road.

With regards to Witkoppen expansion, I don't think it was JRA's fault. The initial plan was to extend van der Bijl drive from Sunninghill to where the Porsche site is situated now and connect it to Witkoppen (check google map), but due to public protests (cut through natural reserve), they had no choice but to hold the construction of that road and expand Witkoppen.
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Massive upgrade of M1 ongoing in Joburg:

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City of Joburg rehabilitates roads:
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Very comprehensive video actually

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"Planning for new highways grinding to a halt, says Sanral"
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M1 bridge upgrade finally makes way for motorists

As Transport Month 2017 kicks off across the City of Johannesburg and motorists are encouraged to use public transport instead, the M1 Oxford and Federation bridges were officially opened again after months of maintenance work.

Since November 2015, sections of the bridges were closed for maintenance and upgrades needed for the next two phases of the entire M1 upgrade.

Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) operations manager, Esther Schmidt, said they have many future plans for Joburg’s road network. Speaking at the launch, which attracted both the MEC for Transport Dr Ismail Vadi and Gauteng Premier David Makhura, she said roads like the M1, M2 and M70 have been picked as alternative corridors to improve future freeway performance. Schmidt focused on the need for less congestion on the road.

Echoing this, Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba said the R140 million project, which is one of the largest construction projects ever carried out by the roads entity, is part of a strengthened road network which, he said, is intrinsic to economic growth.

He said while arterial routes like the M1 remain a priority, the City is also investing in underdeveloped areas where there currently is no access to public transport.

Makhura agreed that the day that all communities have access to public transport is a day to celebrate. He said different levels of government should constantly invest in infrastructure development.

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