n IMIESA - All cracked up : roads

Volume 41, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0257-1978



Across the country, the condition of many a provincial and urban road is deteriorating, due simply to a lack of maintenance. The longer maintenance is ignored, the greater the costs of repair. But, it's not just money that is involved. It's the cost of human life, and the negative impact on the economy. Pavement cracking usually leads to accelerated deterioration of the road pavement. This, in turn, results in problems such as potholes and/or base failures, damage to vehicles and road accidents. A trip through the Free State to Bothaville, the grain capital of South Africa, or down to Arcelor Mittal in Newcastle from Johannesburg is like driving through a minefield. Potholes litter these roads, kilometre after kilometre.

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