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Mzimkhulu bridge will not fix itself, says fisherman

Large chunks of concrete have fallen on the sand below.

Huge concerns have once again been raised by motorists, residents and fishermen of a sag on a pillar of the southbound lane of the Mzimkhulu River bridge.

Last year, the Herald highlighted that the bridge appeared to have some structural issues and forwarded photographs to the Department of Transport (DoT), but nothing came of it.

Yet again, the Herald notified the DoT about the bridge, but three weeks later, has received no response or acknowledgement.

So far, all that has transpired is that businessmen and Tidy Towns Umtentweni have spruced up the bridge by removing weeds and cleaning out blocked drains.

Large chunks of concrete are breaking off the bridge.

Besides the sag, a few cracks have appeared, and large chunks of concrete have fallen on the sand below.

The deterioration of the bridge has been noticeable for the past 15 years or more, and very little had been done to rectify it.

The iconic rail/road bridge was built in 1959 and connects the north and south of the coastline and is always busy.

A motorist asked: “Why aren’t the officials from the roads department concerned about this? I’m sure they travel on this bridge daily and can see the sag.”

Port Shepstone resident and fisherman, Teddy Moodley, is worried about the state of the bridge, and that officials are not taking it seriously.

“One can clearly see the sagging pillars on the seaside. Luckily there are no trains travelling on the bridge, as this would add more pressure to the situation. Concrete chunks keep falling on the sand. We need officials to inspect the bridge because it will not fix itself. Besides, someone can get seriously injured or die from the large chunks of falling concrete,” he said.

Port Shepstone resident, Teddy Moodley holds a piece of concrete that had fallen off the bridge and onto the sand below.


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