Repairs on the corner of William Nicol and Sandton drives, which have been a nightmare for drivers due to potholes and traffic congestion, are now in progress, according to Bertha Peters-Scheepers, the operations manager for marketing and communication at the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA).
After several weeks of complaints from residents and drivers about the potholes’ impact on traffic flow, JRA spokesperson Bertha Peters-Scheepers identified two issues causing the road’s deteriorating condition. A sewer leakage, to be attended to by Joburg Water, and a blocked stormwater system that prevents adequate drainage of groundwater seeping out of the road barrier, leading to water running onto the road.
Due to heavy traffic demands, the water entering the road layer works causes block cracking and damages the road further. JRA has created a temporary berm to channel and clear the stormwater drain to address this. However, initial attempts using jet vac machines proved ineffective, necessitating cameras or opening up the system at intervals to check for blockages. A potential subsoil drainage system may also be necessary for the solution.
Despite the challenges, Peters-Scheepers assured the public that the repair process was underway. As a temporary safety measure, the JRA team has placed safety signage and filled the potholes with a temporary mixture.
Acknowledging the inconvenience to motorists, JRA expressed their commitment to resolving the issue promptly, urging motorists to exercise extreme caution while driving over this section of the road.
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