10 August 2017

South Africa: Johannesburg N3 Bridge Collapse - Traffic Flow Restored, but Questions Remain Over Inspections

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The free flow of traffic was restored this morning on one of the busiest roads in Gauteng following the collapse of an unused overhead pedestrian bridge, but questions have once again been asked regarding the standard of infrastructure inspections. By BHEKI C SIMELANE.

Questions are being asked about what could have compromised the structural integrity of a bridge on the Gildenhuys-Gillooly's interchanges on the N3. The bridge gave way in the early hours of Wednesday and left five people injured, including a seven-year-old.

A forensic investigation to determine the cause of the collapse is underway, Transport minister Joe Maswanganyi announced this morning after visiting the site.

The road was declared safe and reopened to traffic.

In a statement, the Minister appealed that the investigation should be allowed to take place and discouraged any uninformed speculation as to the cause of the bridge collapse.

The incident had resulted in a full closure yesterday of the N3 north and southbound between the M2 Gildenhuys and N3 Gillooly's interchanges.

The minister said on average, 200 000 vehicles passed through the route daily.

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