Recently, a new asphalt plant was launched that was said to be going to improve service delivery with the City of Johannesburg.
The plant, built in 1965 for the purpose of supplying asphalt for the City’s internal roads maintenance programme, experienced chronic breakdowns which hampered maintenance activities such as pothole repairs and the surfacing of roads within the city.
According to City of Johannesburg’s Executive Mayor councillor, Herman Mashaba, at one stage, the plant was on the verge of shutting down due to the air pollution that affected employees, members of the community and neighbouring businesses.
“Anaemic investment in our road infrastructure by past administrations has meant that a significant number of roads have deteriorated to a level that reconstruction and rehabilitation has become necessary. Indeed, most of the city’s roads have gone past their design lifespan, normally set at about 30 years, with factors such as traffic (loading), drainage systems, floods etc., also contributing to the deteriorating state of our road network,” said Mashaba.
The Johannesburg Roads Agency has been allocated R1,2 billion from the capital budget. Within this budget is an allocation for a new asphalt plant. In addition to this, the entity has also budgeted R181 million for the rehabilitation of bridges in 2018/ 19, up from R49 million in 2017/ 18.
Mashaba also mentioned that the investment in storm water upgrades will increase to R226 million in the 2018/ 19 financial year, up from R169 million in 2017/ 18. To completely eradicate all gravel roads within the City would require an investment of R8,1 billion. Over each of the next three years, the City will spend R375 million doing away with gravel roads.
“As part of our commitment to bring Diphetogo (real change) to communities, I am pleased to say that the new asphalt plant will substantially speed up both the process of converting gravel roads to surfaced roads and also hasten all JRA’s programmes using asphalt,” he said.
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