Jagraon Bridge barriers fall yet again, cause traffic jam

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 19, 2016 13:32 IST
Barriers installed at Jagraon Bridge damaged on Saturday that resulted in a traffic jam in Ludhiana. (JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Barely ten days after a height restriction barrier fell on a car on the dilapidated Jagraon Bridge, two other height restriction barriers leading to the bridge fell off on Saturday, causing a traffic jam. This is the third such incident in a month.

While a short spell of rain in the afternoon took care of the first one’s fall, the other one fell after a pick-up auto banged into it. These barriers were installed by the municipal corporation on both sides - Vishivkarma Chowk and Old GT Road - of the bridge a few days back to stop heavy vehicles from using the route. The 127-year-old bridge was built during the British Raj. Crying for attention, it has become weak over the years and has been the cause of traffic jams in that area for a while now.

While the barrier from the side of Vishivkarma Chowk fell at around 2pm, the other one was hit by a pick-up auto at 5.30pm. It was not able to cross the barrier. This caused a traffic jam for as long as the police took to remove it from the spot.

Traffic police later installed a pair of bamboo sticks to stop the movement of heavy vehicles towards the bridge. The main height restriction barrier has been installed on the bridge by the railways department but the MC had put two new barricades after the main barrier was hit by a vehicle on June 8. It fell on top another car, smashing its front windshield.

Executive engineer Karamjit said the barriers would be replaced as soon as possible. The railways bridge branch is supposed to inspect the bridge again before the start of the monsoon to analyse whether it should be closed to traffic or be renovated. The girders of the bridge are severely corroded, and so the railways had stopped the entry of heavy vehicles on it.

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