City of Joburg pushing for M1 bridge construction to resume

The city says it’s waiting on the outcomes of an investigation into the fatal M1 bridge collapse.

FILE: An aerial view of the scene of the collapsed temporary bridge over the M1 in Sandton where scaffolding caved in passing cars. Picture: Aki Anastasiou/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Despite an ongoing investigation into the deadly bridge collapse near the Grayston Drive off ramp in Sandton last month, the City of Joburg says it's committed to completing the structure.

Work on the bridge was immediately suspended when the scaffolding fell on a group of motorists, killing two people.

One person remains in hospital, while 18 others are still receiving counselling.

The Johannesburg Development Agency has been given permission to proceed with the construction on condition the Labour Department oversee the process.

MMC for Public Safety Sello Lemao says the outcomes of the investigation will determine when the full construction of the bridge will resume.

He has urged the department to speed up the inquiry before April 2016.

"We can't continue with the construction while the investigation is on. All we are saying is that we want the investigation to be expedited so that the construction can take off and we are able to meet our target in terms of providing that infrastructure for our communities."

Earlier today, religious leaders gathered at the scene of the accident for a cleansing ceremony.

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