Cracks on bridge a concern
CRACKS along the bridge on the P230 between Empangeni and eShowe were recently photographed in the Ndlangubo area.
The cracks stretch across the entire width of the bridge that runs over the uMhlathuze River and which is used by thousands of vehicles every day..
KZN DA Transport spokesperson, Rafeek Shah, said the issue will be brought to the attention of the MEC as a matter of urgency.
‘One of the mandates of the Department of Transport (DoT) is to ensure that transport infrastructure is safe for road users.
‘The department is responsible for the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges.’
Shah said inspections are done regularly by DoT personnel and if structures are identified as being in need of urgent attention, it is placed on a list of priorities.
‘If it is dilapidated or in a dangerous condition, it ought to have been detected.
‘I will personally bring this to the attention of the MEC of Transport as the department needs to attend to it urgently,’ he said.
A crack which spans the width of the entire bridge on the P230 is cause for concern