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City’s plan to upgrade gravel roads in the 2017/18 financial year
​ETHEKWINI Municipality has plans to upgrade close to 60 kilometres of gravel roads in the 2017/18 financial year which begins on 1 July. A report, compiled by the Roads and Stormwater Maintenance Department, under the Municipality’s Engineering Unit, was presented to the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee on 6 June.

This service delivery plan will be undertaken as part of the Low-Volume Gravel Road Upgrade Programme, which was approved by the City’s Executive Committee in 2013. Committee Chairperson Councillor Mondli Mthembu welcomed the plan. “The purpose of this programme is to provide all-weather access to communities that are reliant on an informal network of roads, tracks and footpaths.

We are happy about this programme because it also speaks to service delivery through ensuring accessibility for our people,” he said. The Municipality maintains approximately 1500 kilometres of the network of gravel roads and the intention of the programme is to upgrade this network to all-weather surface, over a period of 18 to 20 years.

About R50 million is provided for the capital budget each year for the programme. Head of the City’s
Engineering Unit Greg Evans said 90 kilometres of roads have been constructed in the past two years and a further 52 kilometres consisting of 62 roads is nearing completion in the current financial year. “Some of the criteria used to identify roads for upgrade are gravel roads that connect to a paved road, on relatively flat terrain and a road that serves a predefined number of dwellings, including community facilities. Roads are identified for upgrades and projects confirmed in consultation with ward Councillors,” he said.

silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za 
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