Gauteng motorists advised of N3 closure for 48hrs due to bridge collapse

2017-08-09 19:50 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - A pedestrian bridge collapse has resulted in the full closure of the N3 north and south bound between the M2 Gildenhuys and N3 Gillooly’s interchanges. 

Three people were injured when the bridge collapsed on Wednesday morning, 9 August 2017.

UPDATE: N3 reopens for traffic

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and to use alternative routes as road closures will be in place for the next 24 to 48 hours.

The pedestrian bridge was lying across the highway in both directions. Three trucks and a Mercedes-Benz sedan crashed into the bridge, according to a News24 - read the report here.

Minister of Transport, Mr Joe Maswanganyi, welcomed the swift response and immediate commencement of the forensic investigation to determine the cause of the incident.

On Wednesday evening Maswanganyi said that the demolition experts are already on site to dismantle the remainder of the bridge.

According to the SA National Road Agency (SANRAL) the bridge was built in 1978 and has been closed off to the public for a number of years. It said the road would be closed for two days.

Ekurhuleni Metro Police are set to announce when the road will be reopened.

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