Cracks on bridge a con­cern

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Or­rin Singh

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.

Or­rin Singh

A crack which spans the width of the en­tire bridge on the P230 is cause for con­cern

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