Townbush Road Bridge collapses after heavy rains

2015-01-05 00:00

GUSHING water from Saturday’s raging storm in the city is thought to be the cause of a part of the Townbush Road Bridge collapsing that evening.

Thereafter, traffic on the N3 running over Townbush Road came to a standstill. Thick mud and pieces of concrete cascaded down to Townbush Road from where the collapsed portion exposed the bank to the torrent of rainwater.

In the midst of the pouring rain and howling wind, members of the Road Traffic Inspectorate, Fire Department and SA National Roads Agency Limited joined forces to ensure traffic was diverted and to inspect the structural integrity of the bridge.

According to a Sanral inspector at the scene, who asked not to be named, the damage to the bridge was strongly suspected to have been caused by the storm. Decreased visibility due to the weather inhibited the inspection process, which would continue today, but the Sanral inspector gave assurances that the bridge’s structural integrity had not been compromised.

The shoulder lane closest to the damage was closed off, and trucks and cars were diverted to the remaining lanes.

A member of the RTI at the scene said a tractor had removed the mud and rubble from Townbush Road.

Cars and trucks drove freely on the bridge yesterday, even though no repairs had been made. The only motorists affected were those travelling on Townbush Road under the bridge, who had to swerve to avoid piles of mud still on the road.

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