Residents using the M2 motorway will no longer have access to it.
This comes after the City announced its closure on Monday so rehabilitation work can proceed.
“Today, the City has taken the decision to close the M2 motorway between Crown Interchange and Maritzburg Street. The implementation of the full closure will commence on Thursday the 28th February at 06:00 am to allow the bridge rehabilitation to resume. The full closure will remain in force up until the end of October 2019,” said a statement.
Late last year, Mayor Mashaba conducted a site visit to inspect the concerning condition of the bridge.
At the time, engineers at the Johannesburg Roads Agency alerted residents that parts of the bridge had to be temporarily closed in order to have it rehabilitated and ensure the safety of residents.
The closure is necessitated by continuous monitoring and bridge visual conditions assessment which indicated that the structural integrity of the concrete elements is severely reduced.
The JRA realised that parts of the support structure have moved and that is affecting the structural stability of some bridges on the M2 motorway.
As a result, the safety of the Selby bridge cannot be guaranteed for continuous use by motorists.
The bridge was initially built in the 1960s which means it is nearing the end of its design lifespan.
According to the JRA, a specialist completed detailed assessments of the affected sections of the bridges who concluded that the affected sections suffer from severe cracks that have affected its structural integrity.
In a briefing provided by Mashaba and the JRA, it was revealed that R6.5 billion in required to address the City’s infrastructure backlog.
A survey conducted in 2017 revealed that the City’s 3900km road network fell into the poor or very poor condition.
It reported overall acceptable Condition Indices for bridges in a very good and good condition should be minimum 80% - currently only 5.77% of City bridges are in this acceptable condition.
78.38% of City bridges are in a Poor or Very Poor condition. This means the conditions of the City’s 902 bridges has deteriorated to an alarming state.
Since 2013, 37 bridges have collapsed during raining seasons which Mashaba emphasised would be a big misfortune to happen under his leadership.
Residents are advised to browse the alternative transport plan so they are well informed about which routes to take.