GEORGE NEWS - George Municipality uses a pavement management system (PMS), a planning tool for the maintenance and repair of the entire municipal road network, to prioritise roads for upgrading, repairs and rehabilitation.
As part of the compilation of the PMS, each road is investigated by specialised pavement engineers and its condition classified from very poor (high priority) to very good (low priority).
Factors considered during the classification process are the structural, aesthetic, surface and formation condition, as well as traffic volumes and functional class of the road. Integrated Development Plan (IDP) requests and the number of complaints per road may play a role.
From the investigation, treatment options are specified for each road. These could vary from a diluted emulsion, minor patching and crack seal to asphalt, rehabilitation, reconstruction, replacement with brick paving and more.
It is important to note that although a road may be regarded as high priority, it may be postponed depending on the municipality's ability to afford the proposed remedial work. Alternatively, a road that was regarded as "good" may deteriorate very quickly to poor, for instance after flooding and/or sudden increase in heavy vehicular traffic.
Constant monitoring and evaluation are therefore required and may result in the reprioritisation of roads.
Given the current financial climate and insufficient funds, George Municipality focuses on roads that are regarded as poor to very poor, but continues to explore funding opportunities to address more.
While no major repairs are foreseen for any roads in good or fair condition in the near future, routine maintenance continues as and when required.
Requests for repairs to a specific road can be made on 044 801 9262/66.
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