Pedestrian bridge in Ipoh gets damaged twice... by same culprit

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 14 Apr 2019

IPOH: The overhead pedestrian bridge at Jalan Raja Ashman Shah (Jalan Hospital) here, which was being repaired, has been damaged. Again.

According to an Ipoh City Council spokesman, the incident took place on Friday (April 12) at about 9.35am, when a low loader lorry that was carrying an excavator, crashed into the bridge as it was heading towards the Jalan Raja Musa Aziz roundabout.

The spokesman said the lorry was heading to a sewerage upgrading project site prior to the accident.

"There were no casualties or damage to other public properties, except for the bridge's wing wall crosshead and its main beam.

"We understood from the contractor of the sewerage upgrading project that there is a possibility on the negligence on the part of the lorry driver," he said.

"He did not adhere to the standard operation procedure for heavy and oversized load transportation.

"The lorry that damaged the bridge last year was also theirs," he added.

It has been reported that the bridge was damaged when a lorry crashed into its supporting pillar in December last year.

Due to the accident, the pillar slightly shifted and cracks had appeared on its pier and support before repair works began early this year.

The spokesman said the city council has discussed with the contractor about repairing the bridge.

"The damaged beam has been removed on April 12 for the safety of the public.

"The city council has also issued a compound to the contractor and asked them to prepare an engineering report to repair the bridge," he said.

"They will bear the cost for the repair works, which is expected to take about six weeks from now.

"The road will be closed off temporarily from 10pm to 6am daily from time to time to facilitate repairs to the bridge," he added.

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