Trenches on N3 bridge part of the plan

2013-02-11 00:00

THERE is nothing wrong with the trenches that have been dug on the newly built Chota Motala bridge, across the N3.

This is according to the Group Five site manager for the Chota Motala N3 Interchange, Bradley Naidoo, in response to the questions by The Witness.

The bridge was made available for public use in December, but without the required expansion joints, which are now being installed.

“There was nothing wrong with the bridge and even the cracks that are there are normal because we have not installed the expansion joints,” Naidoo said.

He said that they had to lay down the asphalt to ensure that the bridge was level before installing the expansion joints, which have rubber sections that allow for the movement of vehicles on the road.

This was done at no additional cost because it was part of the initial budget for the project.

“Last year, we managed to get the asphalt down before the builders’ break,” he added.

“The bridge would have been closed until the expansion joints were installed, but we actually decided to install them under traffic.”

Naidoo said that they opened the road during the festive season to ensure that the general public had the benefit of using the bridge during the busy holiday season.

“It takes about three to four days to actually get the expansion joints installed and another three to four days of curing the concrete so that the lanes can be opened to the traffic,” he said.

Naidoo said it was important for the public to understand that there were 25 000 vehicles travelling on that road daily, which causes delay on the project because they have constantly to accommodate the traffic.

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