Why Joburg could have an Italian-style bridge disaster

21 August 2018 - 12:25 By Staff Reporter
The M1 highway over Oxford and Federation bridges were being rehabilitated by JRA.
The M1 highway over Oxford and Federation bridges were being rehabilitated by JRA.
Image: City of Johannesburg via Twitter

Nine out of 10 Joburg bridges are in bad condition and there’s no money to fix them.

The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) said of the 902 bridges managed by the City, only 6% are in good condition.

It said the remaining 94% need immediate intervention.

News24 reports mayor Herman Mashaba said‚ "The city is facing a R170bn infrastructure backlog.

Do we have the money to address this backlog? I’m afraid not‚ so we have a crisis in our city."

Of particular concern are the bridges on the M2.

Mashaba told the media the bridges are near the end of their design lifespan and require urgent reconstruction and rehabilitation.

The Citizen quoted the mayor as saying‚ “As an immediate measure‚ the JRA is preparing to redirect limited funding from other projects‚ at a cost of approximately R58-million‚ to start working on the bridge‚ as a matter of urgency.” 

Italy's Finance Police on August 20 2018 released CCTV images of the moment a motorway bridge collapsed in the northern port city of Genoa.

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