Ismail Vadi confims N3 Geldenhuys interchange reopened

The collapsed bridge on the N3 Geldenhuys Interchange has been cleared and the route is open for traffic.

Experts and removal teams worked throughout the night trying to clear the collapsed N3 bridge and determine the cause of the collapse. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi has confirmed the collapsed bridge on the N3 Geldenhuys interchange has been cleared and the route is open for traffic.

Five people were injured when the structure came down in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Experts and removal teams worked throughout the night trying to clear the road and determine the cause of the collapse.

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi is expected to head to the scene today.

His spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said: “Minister Maswanganyi commends the swift response and collaboration by Sanral and the Department of Roads and Transport for ensuring they attend to the scene and attend to the injured.”

Sanral says investigations are continuing to determine the cause of the collapse.

Spokesperson Vusi Mona said: “Sanral and demolishers worked throughout, we are relieved that the road has been reopened.”

This is the second bridge collapse in Gauteng in under two years, with two people being killed when a structure collapsed over the M1 near Grayston Drive in October 2015.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)