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Age-decayed structure blamed for partial collapse of bridge in Depok

Age-decayed structure blamed for partial collapse of bridge in Depok Traffic cones and police tape surround the collapsed parts of the Kali Mampang bridge in Pancoran Mas, Depok, West Java. (kompas.com/Wahyu)
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Jakarta   ●   Fri, June 28, 2019 2019-06-28 17:28 683 db1d47cf6ffbed4060cffaa873ebd3e3 1 City bridge,collapse,Depok Free

Parts of the Kali Mampang bridge in Pancoran Mas, Depok, West Java collapsed on Thursday night. Age and decayed materials are getting the blame.

“The collapse occurred during the noon prayer. After a tanker truck passed over the bridge, we suddenly heard a loud crashing sound. Apparently, the bridge collapsed,” Temi, a local man, told kompas.com on Friday.

No casualties were reported in the incident. Traffic cones and police tape have been set up on the bridge around the damaged area. The bridge is still being used.

“After the collapse, the locals covered the bridge with wood and bamboo,” he said.

The head of Depok's Public Housing and Spatial Planning Agency, Dadan Rustandi, admitted that the infrastructure was aging. The bridge has also had extensive damage.

“We have actually planned to fix the bridge, but we will need to coordinate with the [central] government as [it] is under their authority. Hopefully, it will be done soon,” he told kompas.com.

Officials from the Public Works and Housing Ministry have inspected the collapsed portions of the bridge.

“Hopefully, they will fix this soon because congestion always occurs on this road,” Dadan said. (das)