JRA to repair 12,703 potholes

The agency says it will work around the clock to repair roads and bridges damaged by heavy rain and flooding.

FILE: R23 million will be spent on repairing potholes and storm water drains while R37 million will go towards reconstructing bridges and culverts across Joburg.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Wednesday said it will be working around the clock to repair roads and bridges damaged by heavy rain and flooding.

R23 million will be spent on repairing potholes and storm water drains, while R37 million will go towards reconstructing bridges and culverts across metro.

JRA started work on roads and bridges on Tuesday.

The agency says further progress will be determined by weather conditions.

The JRA's Bertha Peter Scheepers says, "We're looking at repairing 12,703 potholes and doing around 37 patchings.

Scheepers said 807 storm water drains will be unblocked.

Motorists had to contend with flooded roads and decreased visibility in the first two weeks of March.

An enormous sinkhole, measuring about 20 metres wide and four metres deep, developed on Coleraine Drive in Bryanston, north of Johannesburg.

Picture: EWN.

Emergency services appealed to the public not to get close to the sinkhole as it continues to disintegrate, making it very dangerous.

An EWN video of a sinkhole caused by the rain in Bryanston.