Hole In One Is No Fair Way!
Written by: Kgomotso Meso
Lights out, road works and traffic congestion! Potholes, accidents and misspelled street names, a day in the life of a Joburger. In a city that is so driven, transport is a great commodity, but the streets are not playing their part. A pothole less street is as rare as a petrol discount, but the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) is trying to help the situation using new media and a rather useful app.
Earlier in the year, the JRA launched the Find & Fix It App, to allow road users to spot and report on all road infrastructure issues. Is this not reactive though? With the amount of the current infrastructural problems, can the App handle the influx? Is there even an influx? Well apparently so, as the App now has almost 6000 users with almost 10 000 issues reported. Most importantly, is JRA actually fixing those problems promptly? What is the turnaround time for fixing a traffic light, especially one that has power supply issues?
The Heidelberg and N17 intersection is forever going off and stays off for weeks on end until it’s back on again for a little while, and then poof. It goes off again! Traffic lights act like DSTV on a rainy day, to top it all off points men don’t work when it rains and we all drown in this utter mess.
Every problem has a solution, JRA has been phasing in solar powered traffic lights, but will this sort out the problem of non-functioning traffic lights? While dealing with the extra costs of Etolls, petrol hikes and the effects of traffic congestion on productivity, drivers have to dig even deeper for car repairs due to damage caused by potholes. It’s not all doom and gloom though, the Find and Fix App won multiple awards at the Microsoft Partner Awards and was hailed as the first of its kind on the continent.
But even after the awards, questions remain. Will our roads ever get the green light from all users? Will driving ever be an inviting experience and will our roads ever be evergreen?
JRA Managing Director Skhumbuzo Macozoma joins us this Monday 13 October on @180withbob and will take your calls live on these and many of your questions between 7am and 8am.
You can also tweet your Questions with the #ASKJRA hashtag.