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JKR: Satok Suspension Bridge’s anchor block stable, works suspended until permanent solution is found
Posted on : 17 Oct 2019  Source of News: THe Borneo Post online
 

JKR: Satok Suspension Bridge’s anchor block stable, works suspended until permanent solution is found

By Lim How Pim on October 17, 2019, Thursday at 11:34 AM News, Sarawak

A view of the now stable anchor block. Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: The Satok Suspension Bridge here is now stable and no further movements of the anchor block is expected, said Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak today.

This was confirmed by the state JKR in light of the recent incident involving the anchor block at the Matang side tilting during the overall Satok Suspension Bridge load test.

“At this juncture, the bridge is now stable and no further movements of the anchor block is expected. Nevertheless, JKR will still continue to closely monitor the bridge,” JKR said in a statement.

Since the tilting incident, JKR Sarawak has undertaken an intensive programme of investigations including soil investigation, design and construction review.

Among the initiatives taken to ensure the stability of the structure is the precautionary measure of taking off the bridge deck plates to reduce the weight on the distressed anchor block, pointed out the statement.

On top of that, the department is also closely monitoring the issue daily for any further movements of the anchor block.

“The Ministry of Infrastructure and Ports Development has also agreed on the engagement of independent consultants to review the overall bridge design as well as carry out a detailed geotechnical assessment to find out the likely causes of the tilting of the anchor block and to propose permanent rectification work for the bridge.”

JKR Sarawak is now working on a proposed permanent remedial solution with the stability of the bridge having been assured.

This permanent remedial solution will be “independently assessed and checked by the independent consultants”, said the department.

“Remedial works will only proceed when the independent consultants have completed all due checking processes and submitted a final report and detailed permanent solution to JKR.

“A permanent remedial solution is expected to be tangibly worked out by the end of October. Once the finalised detailed drawings and plans have been submitted to JKR, remedial works by the contractor will proceed,” it said.

Meanwhile, further site works on the affected structure have been temporarily suspended to avoid and minimise any claims from the contractor due to the downtime, concluded the statement.