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JRA: Emergency teams working around clock to repair potholes

The JRA says following heavy rains over the past few weeks, there has been an increase in the number of potholes city wide.

Picture: supplied

JOHANNESBURG – The Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) has issued a statement in which it reassures road users that while it has noted an increase in the number of potholes across the city, it has prioritised the matter with emergency teams working around the clock to carry out repairs.

The agency says following heavy rains over the past few weeks, there has been an increase in the number of potholes occurring citywide.

“The JRA is prioritising pothole repairs and is currently dealing with a significant backlog. Pothole repairs and road surfacing can only be undertaken during dry conditions. JRA has therefore ensured, that where required, potholes will be made safe until favourable conditions return.”

In the statement, Member of Mayoral Council for Transport Nonhlanhla Makhuba says they are aware of the potholes and sinkholes that occur during and after the rain.

“Efforts will be made to make safe these areas as soon as possible. We urge residents to alert JRA to road defects that could result in serious injury and accidents.”

The JRA added that the recent downpours are to blame for the increase in potholes across the city’s roads.

The agency has called on members of the public to report dangerous road defects to the listed JRA standby.

The numbers for regional operations for emergency assistance over the festive season are as follows:

Region A: Midrand, Ivory Park, Diepsloot, Fourways, Woodmead: 060 960 0764
Region B: Rosebank, Northcliff, Melville, Auckland Park, Bryanston, Randburg: 060 960 0787
Region C: Western Suburbs, Roodepoort, Florida, Braamfischerville: 060 960 0762
Region D: Greater Soweto: 060 960 0779
Region E: Sandton Alexandria, Houghton Estate: 060 960 0760
Region F: Inner City, Hillbrow, Braamfontein, Parktown: 060 960 0763
Region G: Eldorado Park, |Ennerdale, Lenasia, Orange Farm: 060 960 0771
Traffic signal problems across the city: 082 827 8250