Concerns raised over cracks in Madinah bridge
Fissures appear on side of ten-year old bridge after removal of trees
Residents of the Saudi Arabian city of Madinah have raised concerns over cracks that have appeared on the side of Al-Salam Bridge, fearing that the situation may develop into something more serious, a Makkah Daily has reported.
Local citizen, Hamad Al-Jabri, said the cracks seemed to have appeared after trees and plantations which lined the bridge were removed. He called on local authorities to intervene and avert a potential disaster.
Another local resident, Turki Bin Saleh, said the bridge is only about 10 years old and believes that the cracks are due to the salty water used for irrigating trees and other plants.
An engineer at a roads construction company said an investigation of the bridge's condition and analysis of the soil is necessary to find out the cause of the cracks. He said cracks on the side of the bridge do not present any immediate danger but cracks in the foundations would be very worrying. Cracks that appear in the foundations could indicate the bridge is about to collapse, he explained, especially with the heavy traffic the road witnesses on a continuous basis.
The head of Madinah’s Roads Department, Zuhai Kateb, was contacted about the problem and asked for details of the bridge's condition to be sent to him.