QuickCheck: Is an Ipoh bridge in a dangerous state as claimed in a viral video?


RECENTLY, a video claimed that a bridge along Jalan Gurdwara in Buntong, Ipoh is not safe for traffic due to cracks spotted. Is the claim in the one-minute and 27-second video true?

Verdict:

FALSE

The bridge on Jalan Gurdwara in Buntong here is safe to be used by motorists, said the Ipoh City Council.

City council chief assistant engineer Mohd Zamri Mohd said they conducted a check on the bridge after a video had gone viral alleging that the bridge had cracks and was not safe.

"We felt compelled to counter the baseless allegations made. The bearing underneath the bridge is still in good condition while the cracks pose no threat to its structure," he told a press conference on Tuesday (Oct 4).

"We can assure that the bridge is still structurally sound," he added.

When asked what caused the cracks, Mohd Zamri said it was normal for it to occur.

He said bridges would usually have a gap as it was made from several connecting components.

"The extreme weather can cause the bearing, made from rubber and steel, to expand, so the bridge will move slightly," he said, adding that the bridge was also over 30 years old," said Mohd Zamri.

He added that the concessionaire appointed by the city council to maintain or repair its public infrastructure - Puncak Emas Infra Sdn Bhd - will do checks on the bridge from time to time.

"The city council will discuss with Puncak Emas Infra how to cover up the cracks," he added.

SOURCE: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2022/10/04/jalan-gurdwara-bridge-in-ipoh-safe-cracks-superficial-says-city-council

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