90-year-old Kollidam bridge washed away by floodwater: Build around 90 years ago replacing a brick arched structure which got washed away in the floods occurred in 1924, was collapsed on Sunday.
A new viaduct constructed and open for traffic in February 2016, after which this bridge was close to using. On Wednesday, due to strong currents, it developed a crack and the crack got bigger a day later.
“Three spans of the bridge, to a length of 99 meters collapsed and got washed away in the Coleroon. The steel girder bridge, design for 60 years, put to use for 90 years. The weakness of the structure, the sudden increase in the water level and the strong water current were the main reasons for the collapse of the bridge. One more pier of the bridge also found sinking. It could go down any time,” said divisional engineer, R. Krishnasamy.
He added, “The collapse of the old bridge would not weaken the new bridge. The collapsed structure got wash away downstream towards the east.”
About 1.5 lakh cusecs of water were flowing in the Coleroon when the bridge collapse, reports the Highways department. Many people from the neighboring areas witnessed this incident.90-year-old Kollidam bridge washed away by floodwater.