JRA does wonders to William Nicol Drive


The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has done wonders to upgrade the once very problematic embankments of William Nicol Drive near Peter Place.

This project has been on the radar of Ward 102 since early 2012 and is finally nearing completion and is a project that the JRA, the City of Johannesburg and stakeholders can be very proud of.

“Whilst the completion has taken some time, the work done by the JRA, the contractor and the engineering consultant is to be commended, in comparison with multiple other problematic projects in the ward such as the Surrey Avenue stormwater project and some recent road resurfacing projects,” said Ward 102 councillor David Potter.

Potter has provided the Sandton Chronicle with a detailed update on the project so far:

William Nicol Drive, travelling north towards Peter Place, between the Engen service station and the Jaguar motor vehicle dealership:

1 March update: This side is nearing completion, basic backfilling is to be completed. The fence along the William Nicol bird sanctuary will be fixed where damaged and the installation of barbed wire will secure and protect access to the bird sanctuary. A 2.5m walkway for pedestrians and cyclists is complete and already in use with users commenting how thankful they are to be able to traverse safely. Stormwater chambers have been built to allow for proper runoff of storm water that is received from various kerb inlets.

William Nicol Drive travelling south just past Peter Place, next to Italtile:

1 March update: A 2.5m paved walkway has commenced to a point, and backfilling as well as the widening of the sidewalk is currently taking place. Once the balance of the area has been backfilled, paving will be completed. A few new kerb inlets are still to be built to allow for increased storm runoff into the spruit.

“This portion of William Nicol was built some time ago without enough proper kerb inlets, causing storm water to have nowhere to easily run off. Furthermore, one kerb inlet in the centre of William Nicol was not even connected to the existing storm water system,” said Potter.

“The project is a huge positive for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in Ward 102,” he concluded.

Michael Butler

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