14 July, 2017, 12:00 am
The collapse of a bridge in Ba under the weight of a 10-wheeler truck (FT 12/07) comes as no surprise.
What amuses me is that FRA immediately deployed engineers and contractors to assess the extent of damage, and while that is expected, one would imagine engineers to already have knowledge of the viability of every bridge throughout the nation and take the necessary steps to stabilise them where and when required. Or, are we just waiting for such accidents to happen before we take action? Preventative maintenance is far more efficient and economical.
We have many other small bridges throughout the country just waiting to collapse. The time to check a bridge is while it is still standing and not after it collapses.