Woodhouse Road: ‘don’t use bridge’, police warn

2012-11-01 00:00

POLICE have warned members of the public not to use the notorious low-level bridge in Woodhouse Road during the rainy spell.

The bridge has been responsible for a number motorists’ and pedestrians’ deaths. Unaware of the danger, they crossed the bridge during storms, especially at night.

Recently, Scottsville businessman Asogan Govender was found dead after his SUV was swept away while crossing the bridge.

Last week, the car was found seven kilometres downstream of the bridge and his body was recovered a day later.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Joey Jeevan said Mountain Rise police are very concerned about the safety of the community using the low-level bridge in Woodhouse Road.

Yesterday police issued a warning, saying people must not use the road “under any circumstances”.

Jeevan said the Msunduzi Municipality is dealing with the issue of the construction of a proper bridge in the area in the future.

“However, with the current rainy season that we are experiencing, people are advised that that route is not safe at any time,” she said.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said the low-level bridge, used as a short cut to Sobantu and surrounding areas, is included in municipal plans for an upgrade.

“However, funding constraints at this stage are an obstacle,” said Zuma.

He said other bridges which are also on the cards for upgrades include Smero bridge, Station Road bridge and Grimthorpe Road bridge.

“A bridge upgrade constitutes huge costs as it must be built clear of the 20 year flood level,” Zuma said.

Zuma said the current low-level bridge in Woodhouse Road must be avoided at all costs during heavy rains and especially at night.

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