Dorpspruit: bridge likely to stay closed as repairs delayed

2010-11-01 00:00

THE northbound lane between Pietermaritzburg’s CBD and the N3 bridge on Chota Motala Road could remain closed the whole of today because road workers were unable to repair a collapsed section of Dorpspruit bridge yesterday.

The section of the bridge, which is under reconstruction, collapsed on Friday morning as a result of Thursday’s heavy rain, which washed away soil underneath it.

The project manager for the South African National Road Agency Limited, Gavin Harrison, and road workers’ supervisor Kassie Putter had hoped the repair of the damages would finish yesterday afternoon.

However, yesterday’s rain prevented the repair work from continuing.

Putter said they had hoped that the lane would be opened today.

“There is a very slim chance that it will be opened tomorrow [this] afternoon.”

Motorists travelling to the northern suburbs have been diverted to other routes.

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