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Roads improvement project promotes community access
​Five upgrade projects have been completed in the
outer west region which has improved accessibility.
ETHEKWINI Municipality’s Roads Provision Department has been at the forefront of service delivery in the outer west region. Five upgrade projects are in the process of being completed, building better neighbourhoods and improving accessibility for communities. “A reliable road network in an area means so many things to a local community – it represents a major investment and highly visible asset that supports the local community in terms of accessibility and mobility. Roads often form the foundation for development therefore, the road upgrade projects in the outer west region are so important.

It brings with it a hope of an improved environment, of growth and progress in the area,” said Dave Thomas, Deputy Head of the Roads Provision Department. Senior Manager Balan Govender elaborated: “The work performed in the outer west ranged from provision of sidewalks, upgrading of gravel to surfaced roads and the provision of stormwater drainage, although this is only a fraction of the work undertaken by the department.” He said: “Roads were upgraded in Mpumalanga, Inchanga, Ntshonweni, Mkhizwane, and Hammarsdale with a budget of approximately R40 million. More than five kilometres of roads were upgraded from gravel to asphalt with sidewalks and foot paths built to ensure the safety of pedestrians.”

The Roads Provision Department is part of the Engineering Unit and is responsible for designing and
construction of capital roads projects, civil engineering structures and major rehabilitation of roads. The road network is by far the single most valuable infrastructure asset that council owns with a
replacement value in excess of R110 billion. The department is also responsible for rehabilitation and preventative maintenance.

Through its Pavement Management System, the surfaced network undergoes a detailed inspection every two years, the data from which generates the rehabilitation programme. The Municipality has been at the forefront nationally in promoting new technologies such as the pioneering of the use of the bitumenstabilised material which makes use of recycled asphalt millings and EME asphalt which is a highperformance asphalt used in extreme traffic conditions. To report engineering complaints, send a Whatsapp message to 073 148 3477.

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