City bridge begins to crack, ‘could collapse’

2011-08-17 08:49

An old railway bridge along Smith and Solomon streets in Braamfontein, central Joburg, has begun to crack and may collapse, Metro Police have said.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said that engineers had been called to inspect the structure, and the roads along it had been cordoned off.

“Metro police have blocked off Smith Street in Braamfontein, between Solomon Street and the M1 highway,” he said.

People travelling to Fordsburg would have to use Enoch Sontonga Road as an alternate route.

Minnaar said the old city bridge, used by thousands of motorists daily, started cracking on one side last Thursday morning.

“It definitely can collapse,” he said.

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