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Road rehabilitation assessments to begin
​TO ENSURE that paved roads remain in good condition, eThekwini Municipality will conduct a biennial visual assessment, planned from September to December 2017. The three-month assessment will be carried out by the City’s Engineering Unit Roads Provision Department.

Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Councillor Mondli Mthembu commended the Unit for planning an assessment that will increase the lifespan of Municipal public roads. “To achieve sustainability on our road networks, we must ensure proper maintenance.

Keeping our roads in good condition will also increase road safety,” he said. According to the 2016/17 Integrated Development Plan, the Municipality prioritises infrastructure asset management to meet a required level of service, in the most cost effective manner, through the management of assets for present and future generations.

The Municipality’s road network is one of those strategic assets because it is central to service delivery and improves connectivity. The Infrastructure Asset Management Plan aims to technically analyse the life cycle of an asset and predict when maintenance needs to be done to the asset before it deteriorates to such an extent that it no longer meets the communities’ needs or when the asset needs to be replaced. The Municipality’s paved road network, which is about 8000 kilometers in extent, will be assessed by professional civil engineering consultants in accordance with national road assessment standards.

Roads Provision Department Deputy Head Dave Thomas said data obtained from the assessments is used to inform the Municipality’s future road maintenance and rehabilitation needs. “Assessments will be conducted during the day by trained and experienced road assessors travelling in clearly marked vehicles at speeds between 20 to 40 kilometers per hour. All road assessors will have identification tags indicating the necessary authority to conduct these assessments,” he explained.

All road users and residents are encouraged to exercise caution and patience when assessments are being conducted in their areas. Furthermore, the Municipality would like to apologise for any inconvenience that will be caused during these assessments. Network level inspections are conducted bi-annually by trained assessors on the paved road network.

The surfacing, structural and functional distresses recorded are used to calculate a Visual Condition Index (VCI) for each paved road segment. The VCI is a percentage index ranging between 0 and 100 where 0 represents a road segment in very poor condition and 100 represents a road segment in very good condition. Since 2003 the average condition of eThekwini’s surfaced roads fluctuated between 76 percent and 80 percent. For more information, contact the Roads Provision Department on 031 311 7444 or 031 311 7968.
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