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Old July 27th, 2011, 05:23 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, 05:25 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.

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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, 06:29 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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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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Old August 14th, 2015, 04:23 PM   #5
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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, 04:54 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, 06:15 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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Old March 2nd, 2016, 02:06 AM   #8
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Massive upgrade of M1 ongoing in Joburg:





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Old March 27th, 2016, 07:45 AM   #9
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City of Joburg rehabilitates roads:

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Very comprehensive video actually

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Old October 9th, 2016, 01:11 PM   #11
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"Planning for new highways grinding to a halt, says Sanral"

http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/tra...lt-says-sanral
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Old October 4th, 2017, 06:51 PM   #12
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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.



https://randburgsun.co.za/330096/m1-...for-motorists/
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Old February 14th, 2018, 03:05 AM   #13
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Get ready for traffic pain as Joburg prepares for a 2 year overhaul of Jan Smuts Ave

The City of Joburg will proceed with a planned expansion of Jan Smuts Avenue in the Parktown area and beyond, in a two-year project that will impact congestion levels and travel times for many residents in the area.

According to DA ward councillor for the area, Tim Truluck, the contract for the project will likely go out to tender by March or April, with the hope that the upgrade will be completed by mid-2020.

It is expected to involve major roadworks on and around Jan Smuts, stretching from Zoo Lake to Bompas road. The drive behind the project is to alleviate traffic congestion in the area, and will be the start of a new phase in infrastructure upgrades in the city.

Other details from the consultations include:
  • There will be 2 lanes on both side and it will go from Erlswold Rd to just after Bolton Rd; and again from Jellicoe Ave to just before Bompas Rd.
  • It will have a central median that will divide the two sides. This means that some roads – Westwold, Ashwold, Rutland, Sussex, Newport, 12th Ave, Smits – will be left turn in and out only.
  • Intersections will have marked pedestrian crossings and wheelchair slopes. No new traffic lights or stop streets will be installed.
  • There will be a 1.5m wide sidewalk and a 1m planted area between the sidewalk and road on both sides.
  • Services will have to be removed or realigned. This will result in occasional outages due to accidents and reconnections/work. A Community Liaison Advisor will be appointed to handle these type of problems.
  • The trees will be removed. A heritage study was done to determine this. The JRA will provide a tree for planting in the neighbourhood green areas for every tree removed. No trees will be replanted in the road reserve.
  • The whole road reserve will be used, so properties will not be able to use it for parking anymore. If they have built over it, it will need to be demolished. These property owners will be notified.
  • One side of the road will be done at a time allowing 2 lanes still to be used for traffic flow. But there will be congestion. And rat running.





https://businesstech.co.za/news/life...jan-smuts-ave/
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Old February 18th, 2019, 12:31 PM   #14
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Johannesburg's M2 bridge to be closed for structural repairs



The M2 motorway between Crown Interchange and Maritzburg Street will be closed from Thursday February 28, to allow for bridge rehabilitation to resume, City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba announced on Monday.

The motorway will remain completely closed until the end of October this year.

Mashaba told a news briefing that the M2 eastbound was closed last year in October and it had just been established that the westbound infrastructure had shifted, so now the motorway had been completely shut.

Motorists using the busy Booysens, Main Reef, Simmonds and Heidelburg routes are among those who will be affected, as the on-ramps will be closed.

This comes after Mashaba raised concerns last year over the stability of the Karzene and Selby sections of the M2 bridge, which posed a threat to road users. The Kaserne bridge has been closed since last year due to major cracks.

The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) previously flagged its concern that of the 902 bridges managed by the city, only 6% were in good condition.

It said the remaining 94% needed immediate intervention.

A staggering R6.5bn is needed to refurbish all the city's bridges - money the city does not have, according to Mashaba.

https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/sou...tural-repairs/
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Fraud and Corruption Inside the Johannesburg Roads Agency | Carte Blanche | M-Net

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With major Johannesburg roads closed for rehabilitation, thousands of motorists are being redirected onto other highways and bridges. But some of these bridges are old and research conducted by the Johannesburg Roads Agency exposes that 94% are in a fair to extremely poor condition. Carte Blanche investigates how fraud and corruption may have led to the dilapidation and destruction of the city’s infrastructure and reveals undercover recordings showing how a top JRA official tried to negotiate kickbacks from engineering contractors.
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M1 bridge refurbishment to be completed by the end of August


Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba announced on Wednesday that the M1 Double Decker Bridge refurbishment would be completed ahead of schedule.

Now‚ the project will be completed by the end of August.

The mayor‚ with MMC for transport Nonhlanhla Makhuba‚ visited the bridge on Wednesday to assess the progress of the rehabilitation project managed by the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA).

The JRA undertook to rehabilitate the bridge after flooding caused by inadequate stormwater infrastructure‚ as well as the destruction of bridge parapet rails by vandals‚ damaged it.

It was estimated that the construction period for the repairs would be 22 months‚ from February 5 2018 to December 4 2019. But on Wednesday‚ the mayor announced that the bulk of the R130m project had already been completed.

Mashaba pre-empted the announcement with how he had inherited the burden of crumbling infrastructure from the previous city administration‚ the ANC.

"It is not humanly possible to resolve the issues of the crumbling infrastructure of the city overnight.

"As I previously stated‚ only 6% of the bridges in the city are in good condition ... Next month the inner city will resemble a construction site as we begin fixing it. There are some 4‚000km of roads and bridges that need to be fixed and we just don't have it in our budget to fix them all.

"The repair on this bridge will help alleviate the backlog caused by the closing of the M2 bridge. It is crucial to our economy that these bridges are repaired ... I couldn't believe it when I heard the M1 would be completed ahead of schedule. Now if we can do the same with the M2‚" Mashaba said.

The M2 motorway between Crown Interchange and Maritzburg Street was closed from February 28 this year to allow for bridge rehabilitation to resume.

The result has been a daily backlog on the roads as traffic coming from the south of Johannesburg is diverted around the city.

In February‚ the JRA flagged its concern that 94% of Johannesburg bridges needed immediate intervention.

According to the roads agency‚ a staggering R6.5bn is needed to refurbish all the city's bridges.

Mashaba said the city was facing an overall infrastructure backlog of R170bn.

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/s...end-of-august/
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Johannesburg motorists can use M2 motorway from Monday

Motorists travelling into central Johannesburg from the west are assured that the M2 highway will be reopened to traffic on Monday, with bridge repairs successfully completed.

The M2 carries about 10,500 vehicles an hour (both directions) and 12,000 vehicles an hour in morning peak traffic. A section was closed for repairs at the end of February.

Outgoing mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba on Thursday led a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the reopening of the motorway, alongside Gauteng premier David Makhura.

“The city has an infrastructure backlog of R170bn. So, as we prepare to hand over this motorway to the people of Johannesburg, I only ask that you take care of it and every other piece of infrastructure that has been built with your money,” said Mashaba.

“Causing destruction to public infrastructure is, after all, tantamount to delaying your own development and that of your city and country.”

The cost of the project was more than R160m.

“The bridge was built about 60 years ago and it was not waterproofed. We want our motorists to get a feel of the new space. The road has been resurfaced with waterproofing properties. We will be here to (witness it) on Monday when the first car drives past here,” said Siyabonga Nodu, acting MD of the JRA.

Makhura said: “The M2 is a very important connector. Its closure gave me a shiver down my spine. I would wonder what we would do with the millions of motorists. I’m going to drive on it on Monday.”



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