Millions washed away by the Tugela River

2016-11-23 06:00
The millions spent on building the new bridge over the Tugela washed away in the first rains of the season a few weeks ago.

The millions spent on building the new bridge over the Tugela washed away in the first rains of the season a few weeks ago.

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THERE was much joy in Msinga two years ago when President Jacob Zuma announced that millions of rands was to be spent on upgrading the infrastructure in Msinga, including R55 million on a new bridge to replace the narrow single-span bridge which, over the years, had served millions of motorists and pedestrians.

At the sod-turning ceremony in November 2014 the president said the new 170-metre bridge and access road would facilitate daily life for communities throughout Msinga.

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in partnership with the KZN Department of Transport were responsible for the building of the new bridge.

As can be seen from photograph one, taken earlier this year, considerable progress was being made in the construction of the new transport lifeline with that old single-span well-built steel bridge looming over the workers as they worked according to the specifications they were given.

If the old bridge could talk it would probably mock everyone involved from the architects, engineers to the socalled experts who passed and approved the plan of a low level bridge over the mighty Tugela River.

The single-span bridge has survived for so many years as it stands solidly way above the water­ level even in flood times, but as seen in the second photo - the eagerly awaited new bridge has had a very short life span.

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