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Nearly 80% of Johannesburg bridges in poor state

File photo of a bridge in Johannesburg.
File photo of a bridge in Johannesburg.

Almost 80% of the bridges in the City of Johannesburg are in a poor or very poor condition.

This was revealed by MMC of Transport Nonhlanhla Makhuba in her state of infrastructure report released in Braamfontein on Tuesday.

Makhuba added that a total of 37 bridges have collapsed since 2013 during rain seasons.

The report showed that of the 902 bridges in the city‚ 150 (16.63%) are in a very poor condition.

A total of 557 bridges (61.75%) are in a poor condition and 143 (15.85%) are in a fair condition.

Just 30 (3.33%) of the bridges are in a good condition while only 22 (2.44%) are in a very good condition.

Makhuba said in light of the above figures‚ 78.38% of the bridges of the city are in a poor or very poor condition.

She added that the acceptable minimum number of bridges in very good and good condition should be 80%.

Makhuba said the city needs R6.5-bilion just to deal with bridge infrastructure in the city.

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