Truckers defy ban on using damaged Ashburton bridge

2014-11-19 00:00

RESIDENTS and motorists who use the Ashburton bridge have expressed both anger and concern at truck drivers who are ramming through the concrete barriers on the bridge.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) placed a five-ton restriction on the bridge after a truck hit it last month, compromising its structural integrity.

Large concrete barriers were strategically placed on the bridge, allowing a gap only for smaller vehicles to pass through one at a time. Truckers have been seen storming through these barriers, pushing them aside and gapping their way over the bridge.

Ravi Ronny, from Sanral, confirmed that they know this has been happening.

“Yes, we have placed a five-ton restriction on the bridge. The signs are up indicating so. Some of the local trucks using this road have moved the concrete barriers to access the bridge. We have specifically approached one of the hauliers to stop doing this. More barriers were brought to the bridge to prevent this,” he said.

The barriers were placed on the bridge as a safety precaution until the condition of the bridge has been thoroughly investigated.

Ronny said they were doing further tests on the bridge’s concrete structure.

“Once we have completed the investigation in about two to three weeks, we will make a decision whether to open the bridge to full traffic.”

Road Traffic Inspectorate’s Zinhle Mngomezulu also urged all truck drivers to comply with the precautionary measures in place.

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