The dangerously poor conditions of the two Johannesburg bridges — Selby and Kaserne bridges — forced local authorities to close the entire M2 between the Crown Interchange and Maritzburg Street for almost a year.
According to the City’s statement, engineers are to restore the broken parts of the construction during that period, scheduling to finish the projects by the end of October. Meanwhile, local motorists are expected to experience long delays while the traffic is diverted to other routes.
The full closure will be implemented on Thursday starting 6am.
Mayor Herman Mashaba apologized for the crisis situation, saying it was a necessary move as some of the bridges had not been maintained since 1994.
“This became an emergency situation after engineers re-inspected the bridges, which were to be repaired at a later stage, but had become extremely dangerous within the past year,” he said.
“We actually need R6.2billion just to repair our bridges only, a budget which we do not have. We will now have to reprioritise the funds by using money for other bridges to repair the ones which are in the worst condition,” Mashaba added.